Prevention And Education

Department of Prevention & Education carries out the prevention and education functions of the Commission as per section 25 (1) (a), (b), (c), (d) & (e) of the ACAB 2011.
Section 25 (1) (a):
Educate the public on the dangers of corruption and the benefits of its eradication and to enlist and foster public support in combating corruption.”
Section 25 (1) (b):
Examine the practices, procedures and systems of public or private sector entities to facilitate the discovery of offences under Chapter 4 of this Act and to secure the revision of such practices, procedures or systems which in the opinion of the Commission may be conducive to corruption.
Section 25 (1) (c):
Advise and assist any person, on the latter’s request, on ways in which corruption may be eliminated by such person.
Section 25 (1) (d):
Advise heads of public or private entities of any changes in practices, procedures or systems compatible with the effective discharge of their duties as in the opinion of the Commission necessary to minimize or eliminate the occurrence of corruption.
Section 25 (1) (e):
Undertake studies and research to identify the trends, causes, types, pervasiveness and seriousness or impacts of corruption.”
Department of Prevention & Education comprises of the following divisions:

a. Prevention Division: responsible for National Integrity & Anti-Corruption Strategy (NIACS), anti-corruption tools - Corruption Risk management (CRM) & Integrity Diagnostic Tool (IDT), behavioral change and integrity promotion programs, e-learning on ethics & integrity, administering and managing  Asset Declaration (AD), and conducting system studies, etc. as follows:

  • Strategize and implement integrity and anti-corruption framework in public, private and civil society including spiritual sectors;
  • Institutionalize effective monitoring and reporting of integrity and anti-corruption indicators into national, sectoral and local developmental plans and programs;
  • Proactively engage with all stakeholders for mainstreaming organizational integrity measures like enforcement of code of conduct, management of conflict of interest and asset, declaration and disposal of gifts, assessment and mitigation of corruption risk and ill-effect; 
  • Promote holistic and practical framework to enhance public accountability culture and transparent climate in all administrative levels in consultation with relevant enforcement and oversight institutions; and
  • Work closely with the investigation sector teams to identify systemic loop holes and recommend remedial measures.

b. Education Division: responsible for organizing anti-corruption events, developing IEC materials on corruption, conducting advocacy          programs, and engagement with stakeholders etc. as follows:

  • Integrate and review ethics and integrity modules in formal and non-formal training and educational institutions to instill and promote culture of intolerance in students and trainees;
  • Conceptualize and carry out innovative behavioral change programs for raising citizens’ role, intolerance and vigilance against corruption;
  • Facilitate constructive citizenry engagement in designing, implementing and monitoring local development programs;
  • Ensure sustained engagement with media (mainstream and social) to promote climate of intolerance through proactive dissemination of public information; and
  • Liaise closely with other sectors teams to develop and disseminate IEC and advocacy policy and materials.

c.Research Division: responsible for conducting national corruption surveys and research, and coordinating development/revision of manuals/guidelines for internal operations as follows:

  • Conduct proactive review of practices, procedures and systems to ascertain potential integrity risk and cost of policy and related systems;
  • Periodically evaluate and benchmark organizations/sectors in line with existing policy and administrative practices with a view to promote adequate corruption prevention measures;  
  • Put in place checklist, model, template and suggestive format and criteria in line with legislations pertaining to human resource management, public procurement, public finance management and administration of free and fair elections to guide professional conducts; and 
  • Coordinate increasing and dissemination of corruption prevention knowledge using empirical researches (causes and costs of corrupt practices, systems and policies) in collaboration with research, educational and spiritual institutions.

What is Corruption?
Corruption” means an act which constitutes an offence under Chapter 4 of the Anti-Corruption Act of Bhutan 2011 – Bribery, Embezzlement, Trading in influence, Abuse of functions, Possession of unexplained wealth, False claims, Failure to declare conflict of interest, Abuse of Privileged information and Money Laundering.

Why fight corruption?
Corruption breeds inequality and injustice, harbors disharmony and undermines the very essence of GNH. It is the biggest threat to democracy, stability and progress of the country. That is why corruption must be curtailed!

Corruption prevention tools