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The Paraguay Threshold Program, Stage II

DI Development, a business of DynCorp International, works as an implementing partner with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)-funded Paraguay Threshold Program, now in its second stage.

The program’s goal is to build upon the substantial achievements of Paraguay’s initial threshold program by targeting improved performance on MCC’s Control of Corruption and Rule of Law indicators.

The program focuses on anti-corruption efforts in law enforcement, customs, and the healthcare and judicial sectors. The objective of the program is not only to reduce opportunities for corruption and increase successful prosecution of wrongdoers, but also to improve public opinion of the government’s efforts in these areas and reinforce Paraguay’s commitment to combating corruption.

Program Elements

The program implements several complex components which include:

  • Strengthening the National Police – Increasing transparency and integrity, reducing corruption by strengthening internal control and disciplinary mechanisms, and improving services by reforming selection, evaluation, management and training, implementing the Standardized Model of Internal Control and developing communication and civic education activities.
  • Strengthening the Investigative Capacity of the Prosecutors Office – Addressing highly complex corruption through task forces, internal control systems, expansion of Forensic Laboratory capabilities and implementation of a communication plan focused on awareness campaigns, civic education activities and civil society participation in monitoring and evaluation of corruption.
  • Strengthening the Customs Office – Fighting smuggling and tax evasion by establishing a central base of operations for the anti-smuggling offices in Asunción, a database for tracking investigations and seizures, increasing audits and implementing awareness campaigns.
  • Strengthening the Administrative Tribunal and the Judicial Control and Disciplinary Systems – Improve the judiciary’s ability to dispose of corruption cases by implementing internal control mechanisms, standardizing procedures in the General Internal Audit Office and conducting reforms.
  • Strengthening Control Systems – Expanding use and impact of the Standardized Model of Internal Control and Integrated Financial Management System in public institutions by developing system to track key findings and audit recommendations, providing IT support, overseeing system of the Ministry of Health and holding public hearings.

About Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty.

Created by the U.S. Congress in January 2004 with strong bipartisan support, MCC is changing the conversation on how best to deliver smart U.S. foreign assistance by focusing on good policies, country ownership and results.

MCC forms partnerships with some of the world’s poorest countries, but only those committed to: good governance, economic freedom, and investments in their citizens.

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