fACE acts as the hub for information in relation to Anti-Corruption in Fiji. This Online Resource Centre connects the rest of the world to information on the progress of the work the Commission is carrying out. It also acts as the pivotal avenue to continuously update all Fijians and the global community on the country’s implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).
The Online Resource Centre provides visibility of the Commission and this act as an avenue for raising the organizations profile and building strong brand amongst its stakeholders.
The fACE Centre will become a source of reference to everybody, sharing information on issues of corruption, laws or acts, related training programmes, the exchange of ideas and proposals to tackle corruption. Other than that, it will provide facility to any industries, which has not yet developed any system of internal controls and corporate governance and may have problem of corruption in their organization.
To Build a Culture of Resistance towards Corruption
Enabling better informed Citizens for corruption prevention through content delivery via various communication channels
The objectives of setting up fACE Fiji is as follows:
11 May 2017
Student leaders were the focus of a “Young Leaders Seminar on Ethical Leadership” organized by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC)
Twenty–six (26) secondary schools from the Northern, Western and Central/ Eastern Divisions of the country undertook the three hour seminar based on the significance of values and ethics in leadership. FICAC recognizes that young people are the leaders of tomorrow that will be joining the workforce in the near future.
The students selected for the seminar were heads of the Student Body and Student Councils in their respective schools. These head prefects are required to display leadership qualities and values, which can then inspire other students to follow suit.
The seminar is in line with one of the major focuses for the Commission, which is building young minds to have a culture of resistance towards unethical values and corruption in society. The Commission is also working towards launching a National Anti–Corruption Curriculum (NACC) in schools, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
The NACC programme will be piloted in schools in the three divisions in 2018 with plans to have the nationally integrated programme by 2019. FICAC continously visits primary and secondary schools around the country, advocating on building young leaders who value principles of ethical integrity, transparency and accountability.
One of the recent awareness initiatives for the Corruption Prevention Department is a programme designed for primary school students titled “Good Kiddo”. This awareness looks into disseminating moral values to young children. This programme aims to assist young students in identifying solutions when faced with ethical dilemmas in their various communities.
In commemorating ten (10) years of establishment, the Commission organized Anti-Corruption awareness in remote communities around the country.
The awareness sessions focused on the government projects that are assisting with development in remote and interior communities.The sessions were held from 27–30 March 2017 in the Western, Northern and Central/Eastern Divisions with collaboration from the Provincial Offices.
The sessions involved discussions with the respective Turaga Ni Koro’s (Village Headman) and the members of the communities. Complaint Officers were also on hand to receive complaints and provide assistance to any queries and concerns in the communities. The focus for the information sessions placed emphasis on the assistance provided by the government in the form of “Help for Home” initiative and “Social Welfare Grants”.
The “Help for Home” was initiated following the aftermath of Cyclone Winston. Millions of dollars were invested in this initiative and FICAC played its role in ensuring that government funds was used as intended and not abused for personal gains. Awareness Officers will continue to have these sessions in other rural and remote parts of the country throughout the year and recommendations will be submitted to relevant authorities.
In 2016 , the Commission was very active in providing the relevant support to the Divisional Commissioner’s Offices in the country and assisting with providing manpower to provide support in overlooking the purchasing and delivery of relief materials to those affected by Cyclone Winston.
Participants showed appreciation for the timely visit of FICAC Officers as the members of communities continue to receive assistance through the two initiatives.
FICAC promotes the citizen's in the country to have access to information on corruption risks and preventative measures that can be applied in high-risk corruption areas.
It is expected that empowerment of information allows people to make ethical decisions, which contribute, to preventing corruption related offences in the country.
The Commission continues to receive complaints against public bodies on unprofessional conduct and delay in service delivery; this may not be corruption related offences however, pose as high-risk opportunities for corruption crimes to be committed.