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  • Global Challenges

    Workshop: How transparent and accountable governance accelerates progress towards the MDGs – a critical reflection on experiences with anti-corruption tools and ways forward.

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    As demonstrated in a recent TI report released in September 2010, The Anti-Corruption Catalyst: Realising the MDGs by 2015, corruption in its various forms severely curbs development whereas increased transparency, accountability and integrity translate into better MDG outcomes. With only five years to go, many of the Millennium Development Goals will likely go unmet, and a shift in strategy and approach is needed to address critical weaknesses in accountability mechanisms, and to fully integrate anti-corruption efforts within MDG initiatives.

    This workshop discusses experiences with various anti-corruption tools and approaches which aim at creating positive and transparent dialogue between governments and citizens. Highlighting the importance of constructive communication and interaction between stakeholders, the workshop will also contribute a reflection on how to bridge the gap between anti-corruption research and effective, evidence-based advocacy through tools. Tools like reporting pacts, integrity pacts, social monitoring, and risk maps, which all are mainly based at constituency level but essentially involve other stakeholders from the public and private sectors, very tangibly advocate for long-term systemic change at national levels as a prerequisite for governments to better fulfil their MDG promise to citizens, and especially the poor and most marginalized. Thus, the workshop aims to stimulate a discussion on “a way forward” in achieving the MDG by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of public expenditure and identifying ways to motivate service providers to account for and take responsibility for their conduct and performance to serve the public interest in an efficient, effective, and fair manner.

    Coordinator: Annette Jaitner / Doris Basler, TI-S

    Moderator: Francina Mhundwa, Advocacy Officer, IDASA

    Rapporteur: Kathryn Lane, Executive Director, Forum Civil, Senegal

    Panellists:

    Alejandro Urizar, Accion Ciudadana, Guatemala, on community-based monitoring of conditional cash transfer programs

    Edith Gongloe-Weh, Superintendent Nimba County / Liberia, on government perspective on effective dialogue with local communities / civil society groups, highlighting work on reporting pacts

    Francesc Bellaubi, TI-S, on risk maps in the water sector as an effective tool for linking research to advocacy

    Eduardo Bohorquez, Executive Secretary, TI Mexico

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