El Salvador Government Integrity Project
Through the El Salvador Government Integrity Project, Tetra Tech is working with the Government of El Salvador to improve transparency, accountability, and service delivery at the national and municipal level.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) focuses its assistance in El Salvador on programs that enhance prosperity, security, and good governance. Tetra Tech is implementing USAID’s Government Integrity Project to help the Government of El Salvador expand and strengthen good governance efforts. We are building capacity of the agencies that oversee transparency and accountability regulations and policies, fostering an active and informed civil society through education and training, and reducing corruption through effective enforcement of ethics laws. Recent reforms have led the country to higher levels of citizen security and development and an emerging, vibrant civil society through meaningful citizen participation, government accountability, and improved rule of law.
Through the Government Integrity Project, 3 national-level agencies and 11 municipalities have signed memoranda of understanding to demonstrate their political will to implement institutional changes that promote transparency, accountability, and citizen participation. Tetra Tech’s project team supported the implementation of 38 transparency mechanisms at the national and municipal level, including the development of a tailored integrity improvement plan for the Government Ethics Tribunal, the Institute for Access to Public Information (IAIP), the Ministry of Public Works, and 11 municipalities. The project also has provided an access to public information toolkit to 53 municipalities.
To improve public access to information and streamline the process of reporting information requests by El Salvador’s IAIP, Tetra Tech developed two transparency mechanisms, including a technological platform modernized for the institute. The tool reduced the amount of time the IAIP required to compile and process annual statistics on information requests gathered from each of the country’s municipalities—from between three and five weeks to one day. Greater automation in data collection and processing has enabled the IAIP to make evidence-based decisions and improve efficiency, as well as generate statistics of its own.
Tetra Tech also adapted its institutional integrity model, an assessment tool designed to measure an institution’s health in integrity, for use in 3 national-level institutions and 11 municipalities. Used elsewhere in Latin America, the model was initially implemented in five Salvadoran municipalities to create a new institutional culture based on consistent ethical standards. By involving the entire institutional workforce in crafting plans to encourage ethical behavior and increase transparency, these institutions have improved access to information and gained public trust.
The Government Integrity Project aims to increase accountability in oversight of public decisions, government actions, and the proper use of public resources. Achieving these objectives requires collaboration with a range of Salvadoran government partners, including the IAIP, the Government Ethnics Tribunal, the Technical Secretariat of the President, and the Legislative Assembly. Through a grant to the Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado, the project promotes dialogue among these agencies through anti-corruption advisory boards, courses, and information exchange platforms, as well as discussions about barriers to access to public information. By improving agency responsiveness, professionalizing the public service workforce, and building the capacity of civil society, the project fosters citizen demand for accountability and transparency while strengthening the government’s ability to satisfy that demand.