1. Needs assessment reports and capacity development plans
The Consultant team carried out need assessment with the partner institutions through the focal persons assigned there, based on the following principles:
- Priority activities identified during discussions must not deviate too much from the activities already indicated in the Project Document;
- Distribution of available budget under technical assistance (TA) for identified priority activities of each partner institution must be made on as equitable as possible basis;
2. Trained personnel and upgraded information and intelligence systems of anticorruption institutions
I. Office of the Auditor General (OAG)
-14 (fourteen) Laptop Computers (@ 1 laptop to each Division within OAG) provided,
-14 (fourteen) IDEA software (@ 1 software per laptop) provided,
- 4 (Four) staff having received ToT at OC&AG, India have trained another 10 (ten) OAG colleagues/ staff in the use of IDEA software,
- Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA was selected for piloting the computer-aided auditing in this fiscal year
Final Audit Guideline was submitted after incorporating comments received from OAG senior staffs through interaction program conducted at OAG offices with the assistance of the project team.
II. Department of Revenue Investigation (DRI)
a. Establish a DRI-Central Information System (CIS)
- web-based intranet system linking DRI-Central Office, its 4 Regional Units (in Itahari, Pathalaiya, Butwal and Kohalpur) and 2 check posts (in Thankot and Dhulikhel) installed.
- Intranet WAN connectivity was established through an agreement with Service Provider (Subisu Cablenet)
- Hardware, battery and UPS backup systems provided for CIS at DRI and its outreach offices installed
- CIS Operational Manual prepared and the staff trained through the piloting of CIS.
-System Database Administrator and Data Entry Operators were transferred to DRI after the project completion.
- CIS in full operation
III. National Vigilance Center (NVC)
- Two training were conducted: a total of 41 persons trained in two batches in Kathmandu by Training Institute for Technical Instruction (TITI)
- A software prototype developed enabling the responsible agencies to record the asset declaration within their jurisdiction,
- Software installed at the Parliament Secretariat, Ministry of Finance and OPMCM,
- Staff responsible for recording the asset declaration forms trained and helped during initial filing of the records,
IV. Special Court
- A final draft prepared and already been commented upon by Ministry of Law &Justice (MoL&J),
- Draft amended after the comments from MoL&J presented to the Full Court of Supreme Court for comments and approval.
- A set of books approved by the Supreme Court authorities already provided
-A web site designed and domain registered www.specialcourt.gov.np
- A training on Anti Money Laundering Laws for the staff from the Special Court, DRI organized jointly with Nepal Rastra Bank,
3. Public awareness campaign materials
Four out of five partner institutions (OAG, NVC, Special Court and PAC) are central level institutions that have no outreach offices on other parts of the country. The fifth institution DRI is the only institution which has 6 (six) outreach offices at different locations, apart from its Central Office in Lalitpur.
Since the project with limited duration and personnel of its own cannot cover the entire country, it was proposed by the project team, and agreed by the PSC meeting no. 1, that the project's outreach activities will be limited to the places where the outreach offices of DRI are located.
A one and a half minute long tele-spot was also produced covering all five anticorruption agencies as part of the public awareness campaign to be aired on national TV. However, it could not be aired within the project life due to correctional procedure for inconsistencies in production and the message it was going to deliver to general public.