The main objective of CMAP is to create an ethical environment to prevent corruption – corruption happens when ethics break down. However, CMAP is not meant to achieve isolated and random successes in this area. Rather, the CMAP is intended to set in motion institutional changes that will create a culture within the department to encourage, identify, and celebrate ethical behavior. Rather than only focusing on preventing or penalizing specific cases of corruption, we believe in rewarding departmental leaders for creation of systems that prevent corruption on a continuous, consistent and sustainable basis in the future.
The scope of CMAPs is limited to potential risks for corruption associated with activities of the department in which departmental staff may be beneficiaries of corrupt practices or their actions or lack thereof enable others to benefit from corrupt practices. In other words, CMAP should cover areas over which department exercises some degree of control and thus by implementing appropriate mitigating actions, it can reduce the potential of corruption in that area.
Towards that end, the goal is to proceed step-bystep as follows:
Step 1: Develop an Action Plan for mitigating (preventing) potential risk of corruption
Step 2: Implement the Corruption Mitigation Action Plan
We can help design appropriate guidelines for developing CMAP and facilitate implementation in the first few rounds to develop capacity of the government to eventually takeover.