Guest blog by Wolde Wesa, National Taxpayers Association.
Blog post by Annalisa Renna, Grants Manager
This July, I had the privilege to take part in the Integrity Leadership Course at the Central European University in Budapest. Being new to Integrity Action, the course was a fantastic opportunity to acquire in-depth knowledge of our approach on integrity, as well as to get to know new partners, colleagues and like-minded people coming from more than 25 countries. I came back home inspired by the people I met and their experience, and ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.
Blog post by Emily Harding, Integrity Education Programme Manager and Trainer.
Over six days in July, I attended Integrity Action’s annual Integrity Leadership Course at Central European University in Budapest. While I work in the anti-corruption field, I left with a new appreciation of what a seismic shift is taking place in the movement at the moment and why it can be difficult to grasp the practicalities of this shift.
At a recent Business Integrity Workshop held by the Central European University (CEU) in Bucharest, Romania, during June 2015, with senior business executives from Albania, Croatia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia, CEU Professor Peter Hardi presented a case study for analysis by the executives, about the Magyar Telekom bribery scandal of 2005-2006.
The Armenian Government is in the process of working out their 3rd National Anti-Corruption Strategy and is looking for fresh ideas and approaches that can deliver tangible, short-term results towards greater integrity. In April, Fredrik Galtung, President of Integrity Action, was invited to meetings with top government officials to discuss how Integrity Action’s approach could bolster those efforts, which included a major project to refurbish Armenian schools.
An interview with Tetiana Shyian, Lecturer and PhD at Mykolayiv National University, Ukraine
Thirty-two university administrators, NGO leaders and academics took part in an Integrity Action workshop from 28-30 May 2015 in Chisinau, Moldova. The participants were drawn from 17 universities from across Moldova and the Ukraine. Lecturers and professors represented a variety of disciplines - English, economics, marketing, law, engineering, international relations and accounting – with the common aim of incorporating more integrity content into their courses.
Integrity Action is a UK based not-for-profit organisation, whose mission is to empower citizens to act with and demand integrity, actively taking part in building institutions to promote a state that is open, accountable and responsive to their needs and expectations. Without integrity, measures to safeguard human rights, protect the environment, strengthen democracy, promote social equity and reduce poverty are compromised.
Guest blog from Mélissa Jaar, student intern with Luta Hamutuk
On 8th May 2015, 37 high school seniors and 3 of their teachers gathered on the rooftop of the Colégio São Miguel, Dili, for a briefing with Luta Hamutuk. This was the first briefing of its kind that has been organised this year, in order for Luta Hamutuk to engage with students and teach them about integrity, as part of their Community Integrity Building programme.
Guest blog from William Spearing, student intern with National Taxpayers Association
On April 13-15, the National Taxpayer’s Association (NTA), Integrity Action’s partner in Kenya, held a three day training on Community Integrity Building (CIB), in Nairobi, for NTA staff. Also in attendance were representatives from Transparency International, Kenyan National Council of Churches, and Institute for Economic Governance.
Integrity Action’s newest partner, Kenya’s National Council of NGO’s (non-governmental organisations), have committed to rolling out the use of the GrantCheck tool to track and publish data on all NGO funding flows within Kenya. The National Council of NGO’s comprises all registered NGOs in Kenya, including international, regional and national NGOs operating in the country and membership numbers currently stand at around 8,500.