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Parliamentarians at the IACC? What are you doing here?

This is a guest post by Vicki Baxter Amade who is a former British diplomat experienced in promoting human rights and good governance in Africa, Australia and Latin America.   Since August 2012, she has been working as GOPAC’s Global Task Force Advisor for the Participation of Society, based at the Global Secretariat in Ottawa.  

The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) led its first formal delegation to the IACC, with a panel workshop about the role of parliamentarians and GOPAC speakers on three other panels and the closing plenary.   But it was at our information booth that the extent of the challenges we face with public perception of parliamentarians and corruption really hit home.   Over four days we answered a plethora of questions from over 300 visitors, but there were three key themes which kept emerging.


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¿Cómo sería un país sin corrupción?


¿Se han preguntado si es posible que exista un país sin impunidad? ¿Con habitantes que no esten dispuestos a corromperse? Sabemos que la corrupción es un mal tatuado en la piel del mundo entero pero quizás, en una nación “lejana y ejemplar” se podría convivir sin sobornos, sin actos chuecos y sin “mordidas”.

Por lo que sabemos, hoy en día esta nación vive solamente en nuestra imaginación. Sin embargo, existen miles de personas en todo el mundo que luchan por formar una cultura de rendición de cuentas y de anticorrupción en sus países, y muchas de ellas se reunieron en la 15ava Conferencia de Anticorrupción en Brasilia este mes. Ahora les presento los puntos más importantes de la declaratoria final del evento relacionados con comentarios de Eduardo Bohórquez, director del capítulo de Transparency International Mexico (Transparencia Mexicana), y de algunos otros expertos en el tema (continua abajo de la foto).


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An innovative solution to tackle corruption in extractive industry in Africa

Narcisse Mbunzama, age 34, is the founder of Technova Group.  With the 20 engineers and employees of his company, he develops ICT and green and environment technologies. His mobile and web solutions aim to fight corruption, especially in the field of health and education.

What is your involvement in the 15th IACC?

I’m here as part of the Hackathon. We submitted a project that uses new information and communications technology (ICT), including web applications and mobile applications to help in the fight against corruption in African countries.


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Are international banks to blame for grand corruption?

By Andrew Ochieng

The question every anti-corruption official asks himself is how to keep those who steal from the public from enjoying their ill-gotten wealth. If a minister diverts the money that was meant to be invested into a certain project in one country, chances are that he won’t keep the money in his own country’s banks.

According to Stefanie Ostfeld of the Global Witness, many of those perceived to be enjoying money acquired unscrupulously have had the aid of one international bank or another. This includes Denis-Christel Sassou Nguesso, son of Congo-Brazzaville’s eccentric president Dennis Sassou Nguesso, the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema and Libya’s fallen dictator Muammar Gaddaffi.


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Is water transparent?

Photo by Virginie NguyenIn the session “After Rio+20: Promoting Transparency and Sustainability in the Water/Energy/Food Security Nexus”, experts shared their views on how to reduce hunger and eradicate poverty through sustainable management of water.

Vanessa Empinotti, from the University of Sao Paolo described exactly how Transparency International (TI) Spain and a Brazilian organisation have taken important steps in this direction.


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