PESHAWAR - A project would be launched in five districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to highlight corruption in the key public sector entities.

The project titled ‘Strengthening Citizens Voice through Advocacy (SCVA), being implemented by the Development, Environment, Legal Aid, Technical Support & Advocacy Association (DELTA), an NGO under a contract with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“The project would be executed in five central districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Peshawar, Swabi, Mardan, Nowshera and Charsadda, aimed at to highlight corruption in key public departments along with emphasizes on strengthening transparency and accountability mechanism,” said Naazlee Sardar, President of the organization, while talking to the media here on Wednesday.

She said that her organization being an implementing partner of the project would have focused to create awareness about the growing corruption within the various public sector entities, particularly in executing districts of the SCVA.

She said the project prime objective was to improve engagement between citizens and government in order to promote good governance in Pakistan by strengthening citizens’ voice and public accountability in government planning and in their decision-making process.

She explained that DELTA through the project would work with collaboration of media forum to help identify and report corruption cases and expose the ineffective and inefficient accountability mechanisms. She said DELTA would conduct various activities and events for this project like conferences, meetings and radio programmes.

She said that a document was to be compiled in form of citizen’s charter of demands at the end of the project that would outline effective means for eliminating corruption and providing better accountability and transparency.

She further said that the organisation would expect from the media forum to provide valuable points to add to this ‘Charter of Demands’.

The demands draft would be presented before the elected representatives both at national and provincial levels to take effective measures from rooting up the culture of corruption within the public sector departments. She expressed the hope that the demand draft would play its votal role for putting pressure on policy makers to include citizens in related policy and implementation initiatives and forums, for effective informed public dialogue.

While changing views with participants, mostly representatives from media organisations paid accolades to DELTA for initiating a project, which was dire need of the hour.

They vowed to work with great enthusiasm for the project activities.