At the end of 2010, TIC started a two-year project, the main part of which is an NIS assessment – a systemic analysis of institutional corruption risks in the Czech Republic. Transparency International is convinced that such comprehensive analysis is a necessary prerequisite for appropriate diagnosis of corruption risks in any country, as well as for the subsequent development of efficient anti-corruption strategy.
The project focuses on the evaluation of fundamental institutions of a democratic state. Such “pillars” include not only the country’s executive, legislature, judiciary, public sector, and key audit institutions (such as Supreme Audit Office or the Ombudsman) but also the political parties, media, civil society and business sector. If these pillars function correctly, they create a strong and healthy National Integrity System (NIS), which can be successful in tackling corruption. On the other hand, where some of these core institutions do not exist or show some major problems, or where there are no appropriate internal standards or guarantees of the institutions’ accountability, national systems are open to corruption opportunities with all related negative effects.
The NIS assessment does not have an ambition to evaluate the extent and manifestations of corruption in the Czech Republic. Its main purpose is to summarize the capacity and functioning of the above-mentioned core institutions (with the emphasis on their dysfunctional aspects). The resulting report analyses individual pillars, their mutual relations and their role and relevance in the overall system. Each of the pillars will be assessed along three dimensions – the institution’s overall capacity to function, its own internal governance in terms of integrity, transparency and accountability, and its role in contributing to the overall integrity of the national governance system. The assessment is based only on researching relevant documents, as the other source of information are interviews with individuals who have extensive practical as well as theoretical knowledge of the institution and its actual practices. This approach enables the final analysis to include and describe any possible gaps between the formal framework and the actual practice.
The project is supported by
Download: National Integrity System Assesment, Czech Republic, 2011
(Unedited English version. Final version in Czech language is downloadable on http://www.transparency.cz/doc/TIC_Studie_narodni_integrity_www.pdf)