10th December 2014, 10 Am.  Hon’ble Chief Justice of Bhutan, His Excellency Thrimchi Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk launched the ACC’s Assessment Report.The Program started with the traditional Marchang ceremony and prayers for event’s success. His Excellency Lyonpo Damcho Dorji, Members of Parliament, Head of Constitutional bodies, Justices of Supreme Court, senior government officials, civil society organization members, media partners, officials from the Anti Corruption Commission and Youth Engagement and Support group members of BTI were also present at the launch.

Speaking to the gathering, the Hon’ble Chief Guest highlighted the challenges that corruption poses to democracy and need for Anti-Corruption Agencies to be more vigilant as corruption get more widespread and sophisticated. In his concluding note, the Hon’ble Chief Justice reiterated his support for ACA endeavors.

“It is necessary to mould the Anti Corruption Commission into an exemplary democratic institution, capable of contributing meaningfully towards nation-building. My sincere gratitude to the ACC and Bhutan Transparency Initiative – you have my undivided support and humble prayers in all your endeavors in the years ahead. Thank you for your indulgence.”– Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk, Hon’ble Chief JFustice of Bhutan.

According to Transparency International Secretariat, Berlin (TIS), there are about 100 Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACA) around the world. Anti-Corruption Commission of Bhutan (the ACC) is one among these. However, effectiveness of most ACA is constrained by factors like political interference (independence), limited mandates and weak capacity. To strengthen ACA, TIS liaises with ACA as natural partners in anti-corruption advocacy and research. Ever since the ACC’s establishment, it has persistently endeavored to enhance its effectiveness and credibility.

A robust assessment tool was developed over a period of two years in consultation with numerous experts and practitioners around the world.

The tool was piloted with Anti Corruption Commission of Bhutan and lessons learned around the research, process and approach were captured and used to finalize the methodology in late 2015 in consultation with the Advisory Group.

A team of two from TIS conducted the tool in the capital from 8 to 12 June. The draft report/assessment of the tool has been shared for comments (which have been circulated among the stakeholders). The second phase of the program entailed validating the findings and recommendations which was scheduled from 10 – 14 August this year.

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