Ministry for Foreign Affairs Staff Capacity Building
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs shall increase number of staff who have received mandatory training on prevention of corruption risk and continue to support awareness raising and capacity building of stakeholders, including NGOs and the private sector.
*commitment is not specific or/and not measurable
The commitment relates to the second key area of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (2. Raising awareness of corruption), which focuses on increasing training and corruption awareness in the public and private sectors, and political activities. However, the commitment is unspecific in terms of the nature of the training or the personnel scope and gives little detail on external stakeholders. Therefore, the commitment is not considered specific.
 Finnish Government, Government Resolution on the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan 2021-2023, https://julkaisut.valtioneuvosto.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/163398/VN_2021_68.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
Overall, this commitment lacks measurable actions. It outlines the action to “increase the number of staff who have received mandatory training on preventing corruption risk”. However, it lacks clarity on what “increase” means and what group of staff that might be prone to corruption risks is targeted. In addition, the subsequent wording of the commitment on supporting awareness raising and capacity building of stakeholders does not identify clear actions that describe how the ministry plans to raise awareness and build the capacity of these stakeholders. For future commitments in this area, the commitment language should specify which group of staff should receive mandatory training and set a clear threshold for the number of staff (or make it compulsory for all). It should further specify thematic areas for the training programmes and projects. The awareness-raising part of the commitment also needs to be tied to concrete measures to increase the awareness of corruption risks among the specific stakeholders.
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