NGO Resource Centre Newsletter September 15 – 30 2008

Dear MEMBERS and FRIENDS,

Welcome to the NGO Resource Centre Newsletter for September 15 – 30, 2008.

The Government of Vietnam is in the process of drafting its National Strategy for Preventing and Combating Corruption Towards 2020. The overall objective of the draft strategy is: "to prevent, to roll back step-by-step, to gradually get rid of opportunities and conditions that give rise to corruption, to contribute to the development of a clean strong State machinery and an ethical and incorruptible personnel of public officials and civil servants, to make healthy social relationships through synchronized implementation of solutions for preventing, detecting and dealing with corruption". The draft strategy focuses on five areas of solutions focusing on: 1) Openness and Transparency, 2) Civil Service, 3) Business Environment, 4) Enforcement (audit, investigation, prosecution, etc.), and 5) Awareness and
Involvement of Society.

Presently, key development partners and INGOs are being consulted on the draft strategy and plan of action, and the NGO RC is coordinating the contribution from INGOs. If you are interested in more information about the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and the consultation process with development partners and INGOs, please send an email to director@ngocentre.org.vn.

There is one working group meetings coming up in October: the Disaster Management Working Group meeting will be held on October 7 from 14:00 – 16:00 at NGO RC; the Water Supply & Sanitation Working Group meeting will be held on October 18 from 15:00 – 17:00 at NGO RC.

See the Calendar section for more details.

All the best from the NGO RC Team.