The U.S. Embassy in Prague is pleased to announce Open Society “Otevřená společnost” as the awardee of the anti-corruption grant competition. This special competition, launched in January 2015, sought proposals for projects that would promote good governance, citizen activism, transparency, and anti-corruption initiatives in the Czech Republic.
Open Society’s project aims to detect corrupt conduct in society using instruments included in the Free Access to Information Act (FAIA). The project will run until May 31, 2016 and will focus on three areas: 1) counselling for members of the general public who have requests covered by FAIA; 2) follow-up of select cases, based on the quarterly selection of cases by an expert committee; 3) cooperation with journalists in media-related requests for information.
U.S. Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro said “ I congratulate Open Society on a successful proposal. It is through projects like these that together we can reduce corruption and promote transparency. The U.S. Embassy will continue to emphasize in our engagement with the Czech Government and civil society the need to fight corruption, and to support the efforts of Czech organizations that seek to limit opportunities for corruption.”
For more information on Open Society and this project, please seewww.otevrenaspolecnost.cz
For more information on the U.S. Embassy’s grant program, please seehttp://prague.usembassy.gov/small_grants_programs.html.