Sri Lanka, UN in anti-corruption effort

Sri Lankan Police forming a human chain in parliament to protect the Speaker and enable a vote.

Jan 28, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are to launch a programme to fight corruption, a UNDP statement said. The project, called ‘Support Efforts and Action against Corruption in Sri Lanka’ (SEAC) will be a three-year effort aimed at combating corruption and promoting accountability and transparency in public affairs, it said.

The SEAC will work closely with Sri Lanka’s Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption.

“SEAC hopes to build on existing efforts to fight corruption and address some of the gaps present in our current strategy,” the UNDP statement said.

The project will help promote laws and institutional arrangements that contribute to fighting corruption, and establish mechanisms to monitor implementation of anti-corruption policies and programmes.