Tackling Corruption and Establishing Standards in Public Life (0173)
Venue: Corpus Christi College
|Event Date/Time: Mar 16, 2002||End Date/Time: Mar 21, 2002|
There have been significant advances in the measurement of corruption, the institutions of restraint and the demands for accountability. Debates now focus on how transparency can be improved, what are the best means for ensuring accountability, how do we educate those involved in corruption, and who should be guarding the guardians, and how. This seminar will ask if the new ‘anti-corruption’ industry has itself been taken over by Western corporate interests, why the normal agencies of restraint such as courts and ombudsmen are not up to the task, and if the spate of general anti-corruption declarations, agreements and acts, are making any difference.
After briefly reviewing key issues involved, including ‘accountability’, ‘transparency’ and ‘capture’, each day will have an overarching theme – strengthening agencies of restraint, empowering the voiceless, educating business and banks, fighting political corruption – encompassing talks from those with practical experience in the field, discussions, workshops, short ‘insight’ presentations by participants themselves, and some role-playing in coping with scams and crises.
Emphasis will be on the practical, the different perspectives within emerging and established democracies, and the impact of culture - with scope to share experiences and learn from each other.
The seminar will be of particular value to all those in politics and public life, in agencies of restraint (such as courts, election commissions, independent tribunals, anticorruption bodies, auditing bodies, central banks, and ombudsmen), in the media, and in civil society and NGOs coping with issues of transparency and accountability. It will also be of interest to those working in international agencies combating corruption, and in the multinational corporate sector drawn into corruption issues. Those tackling corruption while managing projects, funded by aid, foundations, or public sources, will be especially welcome.