Public Education Main Activities
The Corrupt Practices Act (CPA) mandates the Public Education Section (PES) to
- Disseminate information on the dangers and evils of corruption and
- Enlist and foster public support in the fight against corruption (CPA section 10 (1) (111) and (iv).
In order to achieve its objectives, the Public Education Section (PES) endeavors to carry out its activities that are demand driven and in line with theories of change.
- ACB Communication strategy
The PES uses this document when planning its activities. The document aims at establishing a systematic way of communicating its messages to the public. It was developed by the Section in 2007 with the help of a consultant from Cassals and Associates and is reviewed every three years. It has target audiences and methodologies to be used in order to make the civic education activities demand driven. It has a tool for continuous monitoring and evaluating at the end of every 3 years.
- Theories of change
There is a general consensus that anti-corruption interventions should be tailored to the local context if they are to bring about behavioral change. As such the approach that PES is taking is ensuring that impact is felt by the target group, consequently causing action. The process is moving from awareness activities to citizen engagement on issues affecting them.
- Anti-Corruption Rallies
This is one of the methods mostly used to disseminate information to the public because it is cost effective as many people are reached at once. The rallies are mostly held in trading centres and markets. They are usually interactive and provide instant feedback from participants who are given an opportunity to ask questions. Rallies often help the general public to understand the concept of corruption, how to report corruption to ACB and how the law protects them as whistle blowers.
- Anti-Corruption Workshops
The anti-corruption workshops aim at equipping participants with information about ACB and effects of corruption and how it can be reported to ACB. Often trainees/participants are also trained to train others on the issues of corruption. The workshops target a particular grouping like Public officers, religious leaders e.t.c.
- Electronic Media Programmes – Radio
Realising that many people in Malawi listen to the radio; the ACB is also using this media as one way of disseminating the information to the public. Radio reaches all corners of Malawi and it has proved to be an effective way of disseminating information especially to those at the public in remote areas. Radio jingles, drama, phone-in programmes are also used to inform listeners on issues of corruption.
- Print Media Programmes
The ACB sometimes runs a series of newspaper cartoons. It is believed that cartoons can send a message even to the illiterate. It is therefore an effective way of disseminating messages. The challenge is that not many people in Malawi buy and read newspapers.
Activities in 2013
- Judicial Dialogue
- Acb, Nice and Dedza Anti-Corruption club in joint anti-corruption community mobilisation forums
- ACB distributes Anti-Corruption fisp posters
- Print Media Programmes