Strengthening Local Governance: One of the Key National Anti-Corruption Day Initiatives

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) concluded its targeted thematic sessions for Local Government (LG) functionaries in all 20 Dzongkhags. With the last session held in Gasa Dzongkhag on 10 May 2023, marked the successful conclusion of the first National Anti-Corruption Day (NACD) commemorated on 21 February 2024, coinciding with the Birth Anniversary of His Majesty The King.

Culminating from the inaugural NACD on 5 February 2024 coinciding with the Birth Anniversary of His Royal Highness The Gyalsey, the first targeted thematic sessions for LG functionaries started with Thimphu Dzongkhag. Attended by a total of 896 LG functionaries from across the country, these sessions aimed to bolster ethical standards and professionalism by equipping LG officials with the necessary knowledge and skills to identify and combat corrupt practices besides fostering a culture of integrity, transparency, and accountability within local governance. 

The feedback from participants underscored the importance of these sessions in raising awareness and promoting integrity at the grassroots level. The ACC intends to organize similar targeted sessions regularly, focusing on various thematic areas. Such sessions have also yielded positive outcomes, as evidenced by the decrease in corruption reports against gewog administrations, reflected in the ACC’s Annual Report 2022-2023. This demonstrates the effectiveness of advocacy and thematic sessions in mitigating corruption risks.