Civil Society Organisations form another key partner of the ACC given their advocacy, lobbying, mobilisation and related strengths. Training of Trainers is the usual beginning point wherein the ACC takes members of CSOs through corruption and anti-corruption issues. Depending on availability of funds, the ACC may fund some CSOs to undertake sensitization, lobbying and advocacy activities on its behalf.
Currently the Commission has established a Civil Society Fund for Anti-Corruption Campaign (FACC) aimed at creating partnership with CSOs in the fight against corruption. The Fund is a facility established and administered by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) with the support of the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom. The fund is meant to support civil society engagement in monitoring and oversight of delivery of services in sectors with anti-corruption initiatives and contracting out arrangements for community education. Under the fund, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) will be expected to spearhead initiatives aimed at enhancing anti-corruption knowledge among communities; monitoring delivery of public services; and conduct research intended to determine corruption trends and recommend appropriate interventions.
The CSOs engaged will be encouraged to undertake activities with specific targets. The target may be identified by the Commission or the Civil Society engaged to carry out a project. A precise justification for the selection of the target has to be available. In some cases, CSOs will be encouraged to partner with other CSOs in undertaking activities with one CSO taking the lead.
The Commission has since embarked on training CSOs with the aim of equiping them with knowledge on corruption and project management. Thereafter CSOs are invited to submit project proposals for them to undertake anti-corruption activities. The guidelines for the fund can be accessed here. FACC Guidelines. So far the first phase of processing applications for undertaking anti-corruption activities has commenced.