A new Integrity Youth Circle has started at the Far Western University in Nepal, led by Suraj Joshi, president of the FWU Integrity Youth Circle and Prof. Sheelnidhi Chand, who is the students’ resource person for integrity education in the Far Western University and HoD of the Education Faculty.
We are very happy to announce a new resource is available for learning more about integrity: our 2 'Integrity Challenges' that are designed like a video game for learning to identify ethical, integrity and unethical behaviours. This challenge asks the player to watch the film and when a set of behaviours show up on the screen, click the words reflecting on unethical and corrupt behaviours. Note that since we focus on integrity, we include misconduct, maladministration, and other negative behaviours that may not be formally defined as corruption.
During 2015, Integrity Action and UNDP Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN) entered into a partnership to deliver a suite of knowledge management tools that equips citizens and institutions to act with and demand integrity.
I am thrilled to announce the publication of the following tools:
Four case studies on the benefits of citizen engagement and closing the feedback loop
These case studies were written with the kind support of UNDP GAIN:
In December 2015, we launched a global giving campaign to raise at least US $5,000 toward our Nepal post-earthquake integrity building project. We did it! On behalf of Integrity Action and our friends and colleagues, I just want to say a massive thank you to all of you who have donated to our project in Nepal.
As part of Integrity Action’s support to Luta Hamutuk, our partner in East Timor, a national HUB training was designed and delivered from December 3rd to December 5th 2015. This HUB training, prepared in partnership with the Dili Institute of Technology, was conceived in order to train district administrators on what it takes to become integrity leaders.
The New Year is a time for resolutions. My main professional resolution is for 2016 to be a watershed year in terms of bringing Integrity Building and Integrity Education to scale. There are at least three things we will need to do this year to achieve this:
In November 2015 Fredrik Galtung, President of Integrity Action, travelled to Lunga Lunga in Kwale County in Kenya to see for himself whether Integrity Action’s work had a lasting impact in the county, well beyond the initial intervention.
On 10-12 December 2015, Integrity Action together with the Central European University (CEU), held a workshop in Budapest focused on Integrity Education in Europe and Central Asia (ECA). The workshop was attended by 26 academics and students from Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.
At the end of October I (Ellen Goldberg, Head of Integrity Education) attended a symposium in Moscow, Russia that UNODC (United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime) had initiated in order to share ideas about improved teaching of anti-corruption and to prepare some recommendations to the subsequent conference in St. Petersburg on 2-6 November 2015, of the Sixth Session of the Conference of the States Parties (COSP6) to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).