Anti-corruption institutions in Kosovo provide more effective oversight on public institutions
The outcome l theory of change is that If selected institutions are supported to develop policies, legislation and strategies in line with international standards on anti-corruption and aided in their implementation and monitoring, then anti-corruption institutions will have adopted and implemented an adequate policy framework, capacities to oversee central and municipal level and integrity and transparency of central and local institutions will improve end results. If the demand on institutions to align with international standards is increased and coupled with sufficient political will, as envisaged under this outcome, then institutions will be more likely to operationalize policies and legislation that brings change through the incentives of increased popularity of politicians and advancement on EU integration.
If the capacity of Kosovo anti-corruption institutions is strengthened, particularly of the KAA, to effectively monitor, prevent and fight corruption, then preventive mechanisms in the form of integrity planning etc. will be more comprehensively adopted and implemented because the anti-corruption institutions are better able to support and oversee government institutions.
The impact envisaged with this outcome is improved coordination of anti-corruption efforts and increased awareness of the public and institutions on the effectiveness of anti-corruption initiatives. The impact will also be demonstrated at the level of service delivery and trust in institutions. If sustainable integrity and oversight systems are established in key institutions, service areas and municipalities, and officials are held to account, then services will be delivered in a more responsive, transparent, ,effective and corruption free manner. As a result, the trust of citizens will increase because the window of opportunity for corrupt activities and impunity will be minimized.
This will be achieved through strengthened partnership and collaboration amongst anti-corruption institutions, as well as through the introduction of best practices on integrity mechanisms from European countries. The project will also support the Prime Minister’s Office for Legal Support Services and the Assembly in corruption proofing of legislation, and strengthen the capacities of the Office of the Disciplinary Prosecutor to effectively and efficiently investigate allegations of misconduct by judges and prosecutors. This will increase the organizational and individual capacities of anti-corruption institutions so they can provide more efficient oversight on central and local institutions.
If the legislative framework is strengthened through the adherence to international standards, then corruption in Kosovo will be reduced because anti-corruption institutions will have effective tools to promote good governance and hold public institutions more accountable to the citizens.
This change is contingent on sufficient openness to change and ability of the stakeholders to become champions of information sharing, knowledge spreading and advocacy of corruption prevention principles which will lead to greater accountability of institutions.