By Ellen Goldberg, September 2014
The challenges of maintaining integrity in academic environments have always been considerable. Now, more than ever, questions are being asked about what institutions are doing to ensure that their processes are free from corruption, fraud, and cheating.
A year ago (in August 2013) I listened to Ms. Pisani make an unconvincing case for “Why Corruption is a Good Thing: Lessons from Indonesia” at the Harvard Club of Thailand.
A year later, I’m afraid her line of argument, as reflected in the article "Corruption isn't always a bad thing", remains as unconvincing and ill-informed—and dare I say dangerous—as it was a year ago.
Citizen engagement is integral to so many successful development projects and practices. Integrity Action has seen it contribute to positive development outcomes, including improved governance and service delivery, across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. There are a number of questions around citizen engagement and whether it really leads to better development outcomes. In this blog, we want to answer some of those questions and hope that this leads to a greater dialogue on the benefits of citizen engagement.
Integrity Action’s approach
From the desk of Joy Saunders, Chief Operating Officer.
In a report issued in 2010, the World Bank found that the poor state of infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa reduced national economic growth by two percentage points every year and cut business productivity by as much as 40 percent. The African Development Bank views poor infrastructure as a critical barrier to reducing poverty and accelerating growth on the continent. It is fair to say that Africa has not yet experienced the dividends that infrastructure can bring.
Studies show that up to 25 percent of international development aid is lost to fraud or corruption. We know that this impacts the poor the most. Despite the magnitude of the problem, fraud and corruption often go undetected and unreported. That said, many organisations, are actively combatting this challenge, and are having success in addressing the problem.
Fredrik Galtung, CEO of Integrity Action facilitated a panel of leading experts to discuss how can we reduce the amount of aid that is lost due to fraud, mismanagement or corruption.
From 26-29 March 2014, Integrity Action held a Teaching Integrity Workshop in Almaty, Kazakhstan at KIMEP University, with 24 participants from 7 Kazakh universities and from one NGO. The workshop was conducted by Ellen Goldberg, Integrity Education Programme Director and Dr. Harutyun Aleksanyan, Europe and Central Asia Programme Manager.
We often get asked what happens after our training courses – do participants apply the learning? Do they use the tools and training back in their daily lives? Has the training made a difference?
We asked Shehadeh Habash, our Integrity Education Network Programme Manager to find out!
Integrity Action is delighted to announce that our Chief Operating Officer, Joy Saunders won the Director of the Year for Public and Third sector in London and South East 2014. Joy received the award at a gala dinner and award ceremony held at the Institute of Directors in London last night, 11th June 2014.
Introducing the winners, John Minards, South East regional leader for PWC, said “Tonight we are here to celebrate some of the finest directors in our region who, in spite of a challenging backdrop, have demonstrated exceptional leadership, and “best in class” performance.”