WHAT WE DO
BTI place a great emphasis on advocacy programs at a different level. As such BTI has been engaged in sensitizing and advocating on corruption, Good Governance and social accountability to the public at the grass root level, students and out of school youths around the country. BTI has also conducted several advocacies on the key findings from our study reports to the concerned government agencies towards facilitating matters pertaining to policy changes and BTI will continue to conduct advocacy programs.
Article 9(6) of the constitution of Bhutan stipulates providing mandatory legal aid to its citizens. However, in the absence of legal aid facility many communities particularly people living in the far-flung areas seriously lack service-related information and may become victims of corruption in the absence of official complaint mechanism and initiative. The article 7(15) of the constitution of Bhutan mandates equal and effective protection of the law. However, access to justice is not equal for all. Some people do not understand the nature of the problem and others suffer from victimization as they are not versed with the laws of the country. Therefore, BTI would like to focus on advocacy and legal assistive services to the vulnerable categories of people through a program called Advocacy and Legal Advice Program (ALAP).
ALAP is one of the most dynamic new anti-corruption intervention experiments by the global TI movement. ALAP creates a platform/avenue for people and organizations who either become victims or witnesses of corrupt practices to pursue cases.
ALAP will provide free legal advice and follow-up complaints of corrupt activities.
ALAP seeks to inform and empower citizens especially victims and witnesses of corruption and then translate their concerns into structural changes for better local and national governance.
Corruption anywhere is a clandestine process. Therefore, to learn about its nature and magnitude, its actors and its impact on life and livelihood of ordinary citizens, research is instrumental. As such BTI has initiated several thematic and national level studies.
Bhutan Transparency Initiative will act as a reference institution to put corruption under the spotlight by increasing transparency, integrity and accountability through the provision of policy-oriented research, development of training tools and facilitation of policy dialogue.