Sep 25, 2014Blog

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.

Sep 11, 2014Blog

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.

Aug 22, 2014Blog

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

Aug 6, 2014Blog

From the desk of Joy Saunders, Chief Operating Officer.

Jul 31, 2014Blog

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[1] 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.

Jun 25, 2014Blog

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.

Jun 23, 2014Blog

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.

Jun 20, 2014Blog

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!

 

Jun 3, 2014Blog

From 23-26 April 2014, Integrity Action’s Europe and Central Asia region (ECA) of the Integrity Education Network (IEN), held an integrity training session for trainers in Saratov, Russia. The workshop was organised for IEN partner Institutes of Public Administration (training institutes for Russian public officials) and universities from the Volga region. 23 local trainers of public officials participated in this workshop.

May 21, 2014Blog

Some states lack the capability and/or the willingness to progressively promote the shared development of their citizens and are particularly vulnerable to external shocks and internal conflicts. These states have been described as “fragile states” (Naudé, 2012). Fragile and conflict-affected countries are home to 1.5 billion people. Approximately 70 percent of these fragile states have experienced conflict since 1989 with basic governance transformation estimated to take 20-40 years.