Guide for Persons Authorized for Receiving and Investigating Whistle-Blowers Reports in Local Self-Government
September 12, 2019
USAID Government Accountability Initiative and web portal Pištaljka have published Guide for Persons Authorized for Receiving and Investigating Whistle-Blowers Reports in Local Self-Government. The guide contains necessary information and instructions on how to organize an efficient internal whistle-blowing system in municipalities, as well as how to proceed with reports that authorized persons receive from whistleblowers, taking into account their identity.
The guide also contains several case studies, simulations and examples from the practice that should help authorized persons and local decision-makers to better understand the importance of whistleblower protections, but also the importance of investigating information that is disclosed by whistleblowers. The introduction for the guide was written by Mr. Tom Divine, the eminent international expert for whistleblower protection, who has actively participated in all GAI and Pištaljka activities thus far.
The need for the guide was identified during training that GAI and Pištaljka organized for authorized persons in local self-governments. Basic and advanced training was organized from November 2018 through June 2019 and was attended by 118 participants from 35 local governments (or 24% of all local governments in Serbia). GAI will continue to provide support to local self-governments, but also to other local public entities to improve mechanisms for whistleblower protections in order to encourage them to become one of the key actors for combating corruption on the local level.