The Activity and Its Purpose
The Mobilizing Action Against Corruption (MAAC) Activity is a component of the U.S. development assistance program to the Republic of Armenia, aimed at reducing corruption in Armenia by the following means:
- Providing Armenians with opportunities that would enable them to help combat corrupt practices that they encounter,
- Changing social attitudes and behavior among youth and adults to help them become attuned to the consequences of corruption and more likely to oppose or confront corruption, and
- Enabling systems-level changes to prevent or reduce corruption.
Timeline: Launched in July 2007, MAAC is a three-year activity with a possible two-year extension
Funding Agency: United States Agency for International Development
Main Directions of Work
MAAC is designed as a comprehensive anti-corruption initiative aimed at reducing corruption on both ground and system levels. MAAC will provide support through technical assistance and training to Government of Armenia (GOAM) agencies and to civil society organizations through the implementation of the following sub-activities:
Establishing a mechanism that addresses grievances and affects systems-level and procedural reforms. MAAC will support the establishment of a Advocacy and Assistance Centers (AACs) in each of 11 marzes of the country (including Yerevan). The AACs will allow citizens to receive assistance regarding, and ask questions about, corruption-related problems they face. They will also provide citizens with channels for reporting corruption and directing complaints to GOAM agencies and receive assistance in legal processing of their complaints. MAAC, in association with the AACs, will establish working relationships with government officials to stimulate corrective actions and system-level reforms to reduce corruption. To read more about the Centers, please click here.
Design and implement anti-corruption initiatives with targeted government agencies. MAAC will support current and new government initiatives aimed at system-level solutions, working initially with 1) the newly independent Chamber of Control, 2) the Human Rights Defender and its anticipated regional offices, and 3) the Anti-Corruption Strategy Monitoring Commission. All of these are agencies that can play a central role in supporting GOAM anti-corruption efforts. As system-level changes are defined and enacted, MAAC will support civil society involvement and media events to highlight the government’s positive actions. To read more about MAAC's work with government agencies, click here.
Civil society organizations develop innovative approaches to mobilize action against corruption. MAAC will support Armenian civil society organizations (including NGOs, media outlets, business groups, or community-based groups) to develop innovative approaches to mobilize action against corruption. In addition to providing technical assistance, MAAC will issue grants that focus specifically on anti-corruption related activities, are directed at concrete actions and include tangible expected results. MAAC will solicit and award grants following pre-established criteria in order to include organizations based in the regions and to cover targeted themes to be identified by the AACs. To broaden the knowledge about corruption issues, MAAC will host Anti-Corruption Forums in the capital and in the regions, inviting GOAM officials, NGO leaders, and others as guest speakers. To find out more about MAAC's work with civil society, click here.
Increased awareness among youth and adults against corruption. MAAC will support a variety of public education and awareness activities to make youth and adults understand why all forms of corruption are detrimental to society and the economy and affect them as victims. Such programs will make citizens more knowledgeable about the causes and effects of corruption. Program impact on citizens’ understanding will be measured by conducting longitudinal surveys. Finally, MAAC will work with GOAM counterparts and NGOs to document and publish accomplishments.