Geneva (Switerland), 16 September 2013 - Integrity Action was proud to be a part of the Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon) in Geneva. The theme for OKCon 2013 was Open Data – Broad, Deep Connected. In the last few years we have seen government open data initiatives grow and become important in areas such as research, culture and international development. OKCon explored how open data is not only expanding geographically but also touching new sectors and new areas.
Stating the fact that there is widespread corruption in India is hardly an earth-shattering revelation, but I would go so far as to suggest that we are reaching crisis levels. Over the last three years, our country has faced a rapid succession of scandals, some of which boggle the mind, if only because of the scale of the greed and shamelessness involved. KPMG, the professional services firm, in its recent survey on bribery and corruption in India, suggests that corruption poses a grave risk to our future growth and that it may result in a volatile political and economic environment.
As a coalition of civil society organisations, we urge the member states of the United Nations to place governance at the heart of the Post 2015 development framework. Transparency, accountability and citizen participation are integral to eliminating extreme poverty and promoting sustainable development.
From the desk of Fredrik Galtung, Integrity Action CEO:
In this announcement I am really pleased to formally announce our change of name from Tiri – Making Integrity Work to Integrity Action starting today.
Last Friday we completed Integrity Action's first 5-day course in French on the marvellous island of Gorée off the coast of Dakar in Senegal. Gorée is a small island of 900 x 300m that feels like a village with some 1,800 inhabitants. On the island there is the Gorée Institute, whose South African founders were closely associated with OSF, George Soros and Aryeh Neier. Although the Institute isn't formally part of OSF, it's very close in spirit. I give you this background because the setting and the institute staff made our stay here such an incredible experience.
London (UK), 03 June 2013 – Integrity Action was selected to receive a £500,000 Global Impact Award from Google’s Global Impact Challenge, as decided by a panel of judges that included Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Richard Branson. Integrity Action will also receive support from Google volunteers to help make this project a reality.
Leading transparency and access to information campaigners including CAFOD, Global Witness, Integrity Action and Publish What You Fund, today welcomed a new UN report as driving progress towards enhanced citizen accountability around the world. The report by the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on Post-2015 Development Agenda calls for a ‘data revolution’, proposes a goal to ‘Ensure Good Governance and Effective Institutions’ and puts transparency, accountability and people’s participation at the heart of the new framework.
By Integrity Action
London (UK), 31 May 2013 - London: Integrity Action was selected by Google for the Global Impact Challenge Finals! Today is the last day of public voting and we need your support to win.
The Global Impact Challenge supports organisations using technology and innovative approaches to tackle some of the world's toughest challenges. The brief was to propose a project that would use technology to transform lives.
We are happy to launch our new online tool, DevelopmentCheck, a platform for collective action and citizen feedback on development projects.
Over the past decade there has been great interest in the power of citizens to transform society. Engaged citizens are seen as essential in fighting corruption, promoting transparency and accountability, strengthening governance and improving development outcomes. Yet, the evidence base linking citizen action to improved results is often questioned. Yesterday saw an interesting panel discussion on citizen’s role in tackling corruption held at the ODI, London.