The Project Municipios Transparentes (transparent municipalities) is a group of programs aimed at strengthening the capacities of the local governments and citizen and community organizations, in matters related to the struggle against corruption. Minimizing the risk of corruption means working in prevention and control over the administration of public officers along with the community.
The centre of the Project is the System of Indicators of Municipal Transparency (SIMT), a group of instruments and procedures that allow us to measure the administration transparency (budget, contracts and permits) of the municipalities. With the SIMT we collect, process and make public a precise diagnosis on the level of compliance with the system norms that would assure a minimum of protection against corruption, according to the law. With this information, municipalities can plan in the short and long term to reduce corruption levels. During three consecutive years we have incremented the number of audited city halls; in 2004 we evaluated 8 municipalities, in 2005 we evaluated 50 and in 2006 69.
A second program is the promotion and defense of the right to access public information, advanced by the training of public officers and citizens.
The third program is the Transparency Award, granted every year to municipalities that scored the highest results in the SIMT evaluations. The forth program is Expo Transparency 2006 and finally the sixth program is the SIMT website.
www.transparenciamunicipal.org.ve will make make easier the processing of the data form the evaluations and will allow free access of results for those who are interested.
Another program is a policy initiative, Bill for the Access to Public Information. We are working on a municipal bill that would give us the legal tools to access public information, according to our Constitution.