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Albania and Romania adopt Pakistan’s CFMP governance model

The government of Albania, in an effort to curb corruption and increase citizen engagement, has implemented a citizen feedback based governance model inspired by the CFMP. The Albanian model has been implemented as a part of the Albanian Prime Minister’s extended campaign against corruption and solicit citizen feedback through text messages. Following the success of the Albanian model, Romania has also adopted a similar model recently.

Calling in Against Corruption

A Pakistani official wanted to stop bureaucrats from demanding bribes. His solution: citizen feedback via cell phone.

Albania adopts Pakistan’s Governance Model CFMP to fight Corruption

Provincial Govt to establish KIOSK at Public Service Offices

Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Dr. Umar Saif has said that to convey the citizens’ complaints direct to the chief minister Punjab and other competent authorities, 2,000 Kiosk Centres will be established at the main public offices across the province. He stated this while addressing a meeting held with Secretary I & C Punjab Javed Akbar at the Arfa IT Tower on Saturday. DG IT Rizwan Ahmad and Joint Director Fasieh Mehta were also present.

Pakistan Tries New Way of Tackling Corruption: Published in Associated Press

Ordinary Pakistanis complain they have to grease officials' palms to get even the most basic things done: File a police report when they have a traffic accident. Obtain copies of court documents. Get permission to see their relatives in the hospital. Now, an enterprising group of Pakistani officials is cracking down on this culture of graft with an innovative program that harnesses technology to identify corruption hot spots in the country's most populous province, Punjab. The initiative, which leverages the ubiquitous presence of cell phones, relies on the simple concept of asking citizens about their experience.

Citizen Feedback Model to Improve Governance: CM: Published in The News

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday said that the Citizen Feedback Model was being enforced in selected districts and its scope would be expanded to all districts of the province. He said that the Citizen Feedback Model was the best source of getting public opinion regarding government institutions. The model, he added, would play a key role for transparency, to achieve targets of good governance and further improve the performance of the government departments.

Data-Driven Policies Vital to Eliminate Corruption: PITB Chief: Published in The News

PUNJAB Information Technology Board (PITB) Chairman Dr Umar Saif has said data driven government policies will be crucial for the new incumbent government to control corruption, improve civic services and good governance. In the developed countries, governments make policies based on the data collected from any particular segment of the society and improve citizens’ lives while many developing countries are also following it and. In developed countries, corruption has reduced by way of sharing data of various government departments with each others. In an exclusive interview with The News, Dr Umar Saif said Italy has saved 2.1 percent of their GDP by sharing the procurements cost of the various departments with each other relying on the procurement data available to each department. This model could be replicated in Pakistan easily. PITB has been jointly working with Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) and International Growth Centre (IGC) on such project.

Pakistan’s Ranking in Corruption Index Improves: Published in DAWN

Pakistan’s ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2014 has improved and the Transparency International (TI), which released the report on Tuesday, has expressed the hope that Islamabad will work more vigorously to combat the menace.

Zapping Mosquitoes, and Corruption: Published in The Economist

Even among the poorest fifth of households, 80% now use phones, so the technology can reach almost everyone. Illiteracy is a problem, but the chief minister’s call alerts a recipient to get help, if needed, with reading the text message when it arrives. It contains a specific question: did the police respond, as required, within 15 minutes of your emergency call? Were you asked for a bribe at the hospital, or when registering property? By collating the responses it is possible to spot problem departments and crooked officials.

Pakistan tries new way of tackling corruption: Published in The Huffington Post

LAHORE, Pakistan — Corruption is so pervasive in Pakistan that even Osama bin Laden had to pay a bribe to build his hideout in the northwest where he was killed by U.S. commandos. Ordinary Pakistanis complain they have to grease officials palms to get even the most basic things done: File a police report when they have a traffic accident. Obtain copies of court documents. Get permission to see their relatives in the hospital. Now, an enterprising group of Pakistani officials is cracking down on this culture of graft with an innovative program that harnesses technology to identify corruption hot spots in the countrys most populous province, Punjab. The initiative, which leverages the ubiquitous presence of cell phones, relies on the simple concept of asking citizens about their experience. But experts say it represents the first large-scale attempt by any government to proactively solicit feedback from citizens who are forced to pay bribes for basic public services and use that information to discipline officials.

UK outlines plans to tackle endemic corruption: Published in The Guardian

Britains Department for International Development (DfID) on Friday published for the first time plans to tackle the threat of "endemic corruption" in 29 priority countries, including Pakistan, Somalia and Nepal. DfID also announced funding for anti-corruption units of the Metropolitan police (£3.4m) and the City of London police (£3.8m). The Mets corruption unit was involved in the investigation and prosecution of James Ibori, the former governor of Delta state in Nigeria, who was sentenced to 13 years in jail after admitting fraud of nearly £50m. Without DfID funding, the Met unit would have closed down by April, a DfID official said. The units were set up because there were no teams in the UK dedicated to tackling corruption in other countries.

Shahbaz poised to knock out corruption: Published in Pakistan Today

Fertile minds are never short of innovative ideas and a visionary leadership committed to public service and welfare is capable of overcoming any crisis and eradicating any social evil. This universal truth seems quite relevant when the Punjab government launched the unique and modern system, the Citizen Feedback Model (CFBM), to stem corruption in government departments and improve service delivery at public sector organisations.