The Kuwait Transparency Association (KTA) is the local chapter of Transparency International (TI), established on March 26, 2006.
KTA works according to its annual strategy on three main goals:
- To promote and disseminate values of transparency, integrity and combating corruption through cooperation with the executive and legislative authorities, the media and opinion leaders.
- To strengthen the institutions of democratic governance, ensuring the integrity of the electoral process and fair representation for all the voters, proposing laws that enhance freedom of speech and belief, and regulating political work with transparency and integrity.
- To support and advocate for many important issues related to the society such as women equality and empowerment, youth empowerment and children protection and rights.
KTA has many regional memberships, such as the Arab Network for Strengthening Integrity and Combating Corruption and the Arab Network for Democratic Elections based in Beirut, as well as the membership of Transparency International based in Berlin in addition to the International Anti–Corruption Alliance.
KTA has officially joined PWYP in April 2022.
Successes of KTA:
- Submitting a proposal for a law regarding the establishment of a central body for governance in the public sector, with the aim of increasing the level of transparency and disclosure in the government. The proposal was submitted to his highness the Emir of the State of Kuwait, who then transferred it to the Council of Ministers, which led to issuing the Governance in the public sector guide, and coordination is underway with the Ministry of Planning to establish a specialised governance department.
- The decision that was issued in 2018 to form the Supreme Committee was a result for the society’s proposal which took six years of attempts for the government to approve the anti-corruption strategy, that works on formulating the national anti-corruption strategy, with the membership of (22) government agencies and the Kuwait Transparency Society as a representative of the civil organisations in Kuwait. Over the course of a year, the committee has formulated the terms of the national strategy to enhance integrity and combat corruption, and it was approved in 2019.
- In 2019/2020, the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Majid Al-Mutairi, represented Kuwait Transparency society as a member of the support team for the Transparency International (TI) strategy to add the priorities of the Middle East and North Africa region among the priorities of the international movement during the years 2020/2030.
- Kuwait Transparency society in cooperation with the Public Authority for Anti-Corruption (Nazaha), has formed a team to follow up the government’s performance in dealing with the repercussions of the health crisis (Covid-19), and this was the first civil society’s initiative in the local and regional levels. The team have worked during February until October 2020 in monitoring all government sectors dealing with the health pandemic and have visited many governments and private agencies to follow their work directly, in conclusion, a detailed report was issued to assess the transparency and integrity of government performance, and this report is the first of its kind in the region.
- Kuwait Transparency society has participated as a representative of civil society in drafting the executive regulations of the Right of Access to Information Law within a team of governmental experts, and have greatly contributed in improving the final form of the regulations in line with international experiences in this regard, and the society now is in the process of monitoring the implementation as well as training government agencies to implement the law in line with transparency and anti-corruption standards.