TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENTAIS Newsletter March 2018
Civil Society on Electoral Reform – 12 proposals for transparency and monitoring of electoral financing
On the 23rd of March, the Albanian Institute of Science was invited to contribute to the Ad Hoc Parliamentary Committee on Elections. Its Executive Director, Aranita Brahaj, attended the hearing session on the electoral reform, where she presented twelve proposed changes The proposed changes include introduction of clear rules and more transparency regarding sources of donation, partners, financing by third parties, and identification of donors’ conflicts of interest. The organization is recognized as a promoter of open and transparent data (
AIS organized a MasterClass with Dutch writer, Joris Luyendijk, for Balkans journalists
The Albanian Institute of Science (AIS) organized on March 12 a MasterClass with journalists from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro over media role in reporting money, government and politics. The special guest was the Dutch journalist Joris Luyendijk, author of the book "Swimming with the sharks: My journey into the world of the bankers." In the Masterclass, Luyendijk spoke about his career, starting from the Middle East to the financial heart of London, where for three years he interviewed hundreds of bankers while writing his financial blog for The Guardian. This event was organized as part of AIS Money, Government and Politics Project. supported by the Embassy of Netherland and a special speech was held by the Dutch Ambassador in Albania, Dewi Van De Weerd.
Workshop with High State Audit officials on Data Usability and Red Flags Algorithm: Instruments for Transparency and Anti-Corruption
Within the framework of the “Transparency in Health Engagement Project” funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and implemented by University Research Company, LLC (URC), a two 2-day workshop was delivered by Project partner Albanian Institute of Science (AIS) for the staff of the Albanian Supreme Audit Institution (ALSAI) on Data Usability and Red Flags Algorithm: Instruments for Transparency and Anti-Corruption. The 26 participants included auditors from several departments, as well as IT and communications specialists. The workshop enhanced the capacities of the staff about the use of Open Data standards in preparing auditing reports and publications in order to increase transparency of public information, and in fighting corruption. The Red Flags algorithm is a mechanism that can signal the need for an audit and investigation in the tendering and public contracting process through the flagging of actions that have a higher risk for abuse, inequality, or lack of competition. In this regard, the participants were introduced to guidelines explaining in detail the main indicators for risk evaluation in the tendering process. As a result of the Transparency in Health Engagement Project, ALSAI will implement a red flags algorithm for public procurement procedures in the health sector.