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.
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.
Arab Integrity School
“Investing in Arab Integrity Builders” for Government, Academics, Business, NGOs, Foundations and Aid Agencies
June 16 – 21, 2013, Al-Ahliyya Amman University and Integrity Action, Jerash, Jordan
General information on the course and the application procedure is attached.
أكاديمية النزاهة العربية
"الاستثمار في بناة النزاهة العربية "
للموظفين العامين والموظفات والأكاديميين والأكاديميات ورجال وسيدات الأعمال والعاملين والعاملات في المنظمات غير الحكومية ومؤسسات ووكالات الاغاثة
جامعة عمان الأهلية ومؤسسة Integrity Action
16-21 حزيران 2013
Call for Applications!
9th Annual Global Integrity School Leadership and Management for Integrity Course
July 1-6, 2013 Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Dear Friends and Colleagues,