The Anti-Corruption Network (ACN) is a regional outreach programme of the OECD Working Group on Bribery. The ACN was established in 1998. Its main objective is to support its member countries in their efforts to prevent and fight corruption. It provides a regional forum for the promotion of anti-corruption activities, exchange of information, elaboration of best practices and donor coordination. The ACN operates through general meetings and conferences, sub-regional initiatives and thematic projects.
The ACN is open to countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The main counterparts are the national governments and anti-corruption authorities of the participating countries. Civil society, business sector, international organisations and international financial institutions, as well as other countries take an active part in the ACN.
The ACN is open to all countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, including:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR of Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
Also CAN works closely with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Council of Europe Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Transparency International and others.
The Istanbul Anti-corruption Action Plan is a sub-regional peer review programme launched in 2003 in the framework of the ACN. It supports anti-corruption reforms through country reviews and continuous monitoring of implementation of recommendations, which promote the UNCAC and other international standards and best practice. This programme:
- reviews the legal and institutional frameworks for fighting corruption and make recommendations
- monitors progress in implementing the recommendations
The results are discussed at regional meetings and published as country and progress reports.
The first round of monitoring was conducted between 2004-2007.
The second round monitoring took place between 2008-2012. The second round of monitoring was based on this Procedure and Questionnaire.
The third round of monitoring started in 2013. A manual for monitoring experts is available and provides guidance on the monitoring process.
Mongolia joined this sub-regional peer review programme in 2013. Independent Authority against Corruption acts as a national coordinator for Assessment Team of ACN. Since joining the review, Mongolia replied to joint first and second round monitoring questionnaire in 2014. After processing the information provided in line with the questionnaire, ACN issued Country Assessment Report with recommendations in 18 April 2014. Currently, the First and Second Round of Monitoring is proceeding as Mongolia joined the programme at the end of its Second Round Monitoring cycle.
In order to advocate and facilitate the implementation of those recommendations provided by the report, IAAC organized trainings for officials of relevant public organizations after the release of the Country Report by ACN. Also the report along with recommendations was translated from English to Mongolian and is published at the IAAC’s official website for public view.
In 2015, Mongolia received new questionnaire of the review followed by Assessment Team mission to Ulaanbaatar city between 1-5 June 2015. During the mission, the Assessment Team met representatives of public organizations, civil society and international donor organizations. The Country Assessment Report updated with the new findings is projected to be adopted in October 2015 by ACN of OECD.
The country report of 2014 is available at http://www.oecd.org/corruption/acn/MONGOLIA-MonitoringReport-EN.pdf