Newsletter #2, June 28th 2011

Dear GYACers,

These are exciting times for the international anti-corruption community, and our Network members are leading the charge on involving the youth and mobilizing their respective communities and countries to fight corruption! For this second edition of our GYAC newsletter, Martin Galevski from Macedonia tells us the story of his organization's campaign against corruption in the education sector: students are encouraged to seek higher education without resorting to plagiarism in academic papers, without cheating on exams and colloquia, and without using personal connections. Find out how they did it on our feature below!

Meanwhile, down in Tanzania, Stephen Msechu boasts of the success of their Corruption Tracker System, an online tool that gathers and disseminates information on corruption in Tanzania; in doing so, they have involved more citizens than ever, receiving at least 15 guests per minute and 10,000 guests per month on their website. This overwhelming response has translated into public dialogues about corruption and the people's opinion on possible solutions -- all broadcast over TV and radio.

To the west of Stephen's continent, from Emanuel in Guatemala, we feature the involvement of the civil society sector in the General Assembly of the Organization of American States, from the point of view of the representatives of La Red Nacional por la Integridad. Still in Latin America and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) involvement, the Americas department of Transparency International, together with partner organizations in Guatemala, Peru, and Bolivia, are currently implementing a project in which local and national CSOs team up to evaluate large scale Conditional Cash Transfer programs and its level of transparency and accountability. Big words, but fear not! They're all good stuff you could wrap your head around; they'll inspire you for sure!

Lastly, we beam with pride at the winners of the first-ever World Bank Institute Community Action Project grants, the collaborative program of GYAC and the British Council Global Changemakers. Three of the five awardees are GYAC members; find out about their projects and how you can join the second round of grants-- all below!

We have received amazing responses from our call for submission for the newsletter -- a concrete testament to how we are living up to our name as an active and global network of young anti-corruption advocates; keep them coming! We congratulate everyone whose stories we have selected for this month's newsletters.

Those who didn't make it, we are keeping an archive and shortlist for our upcoming newsletters; also, we are looking for articles for the Global Connector section of our newsletter, which will feature initiatives that need urgent support from the international anti-corruption community: so tell us in detail why your project deserves funding, what you need, and how your project promotes transparency and accountability. The world is watching, and we'd love to work with you to get your voices heard! Together against corruption!

So without further ado, fresh from the ovens of our round-the-clock media team aka Communications Unit here at the virtual GYAC HQ, we proudly present to you the second edition of our newsletter.


The GYAC Communications Unit


2nd Newsletter, June 28th 2011

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