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ARMENIA: Academic Integrity Hackathon

Yerevan 8-9 July 2017
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During a challenging but fun weekend, 45 enquiring minds from all over Armenia stood-up to the challenge of ‘hacking’ corruption and increasing integrity in higher education with creative ideas and unconventional communication tools.

The Apella Institute organised a two-day creative Academic Integrity Hackathon with the support of the Council of Europe and European Union “Strengthening Integrity and Combatting Corruption in Higher Education in Armenia” project, on 8-9 July in Yerevan.

Students and other creative minds from 9 leading universities brainstormed ideas about integrity in the higher education in Armenia. Students of political science, marketing and public relations, including 20 people from the regions of Armenia, came together for the team work and brainstorming, under supervision of experienced mentors, on possible online and offline communications campaigns to make a case about corruption risks in the higher education in Armenia.

With the assistance of mentors, the three winning teams (out of eight) will work on developing their communication campaigns in the course of August-September. The roll-out campaigns and stocktaking workshop with campaign authors are planned for late September 2017.

This activity was carried out under the European Union and Council of Europe "Partnership for Good Governance for Eastern Partnership countries".


Specific objectives:

  • to improve the framework and capacity to fully implement legal aspects of prevention and criminalisation of corruption, particularly in terms of implementing relevant GRECO recommendations
  • to strengthen the capacity to prevent corruption in public administration, Judiciary, Prosecution, and law enforcement authorities
  • to improve legal frameworks concerning: ethics and codes of conduct; conflicts of interest; prohibition or restriction of certain activities; declaration of assets, income, liabilities and interests, political finance, white collar crime, and immunities of high-ranking public officials
  • to focus the fight against corruption on specific areas (i.e., education and health sector): To support the development of prevention and integrity mechanisms for the practicing professionals and to increase good governance when delivering public services as such
  • to facilitate public interest disclosures (whistle-blowers): through the normative institutional and judicial framework for the protection of whistle-blowers and to strengthen capacity-building in applying these frameworks
  • to develop regional capacity and cross-border co-operation on identified common challenge areas in the fight against corruption, where cross-border and international co-operation is necessary to combat corruption as a criminal offence, and other forms of economic crime
  • to strengthen the national capacity to detect and to combat financial and economic crimes, particularly in terms of implementing relevant MONEYVAL recommendations
  • to strengthen the capacity of financial intelligence units, law enforcement authorities, as well as supervisory bodies, in identifying money laundering/terrorism financing activity and cases of non-compliance with relevant legislation.

Indicators:

  • legislative and institutional frameworks are improved and the capacity to fully implement legal aspects of prevention and criminalisation of corruption is reinforced;
  • mechanisms are introduced to prevent corruption in public administration, the judiciary, the prosecution, and law enforcement authorities
  • legislative and institutional frameworks concerning ethics, codes of conduct, conflicts of interest, declarations of assets, political financing, white collar crime, and immunities of high public officials are set up;
  • integrity Mechanisms are introduced to prevent fraud while the quality of public services in certain sectors is improved (i.e., education, health);
  • at least a co-operation agreement is established and exercised between all six EaP countries concerning either anti-corruption agencies; or public administration; or law enforcement;
  • capacities are reinforced to implement country and regional recommendations based on the country MONEYVAL evaluations and compliance procedures;
  • capacities increase in financial intelligence units, law enforcement authorities, as well as supervisory bodies, concerning efficient handling of anti-money cases and procedures.