News 01st Dec 2022

Transparency International UK at the International Anti-Corruption Conference 2022

Keri Doogan-Turner

Senior Events Coordinator

Keri joined leads on convening across the organisation, providing dedicated support to the Business Integrity programme and flagship events including the Annual Lecture.

With dedicated events experience in the not-for-profit sector, Keri brings expertise communicating about a range of topics from effective democracy to responsible investment, gender equality and climate change. She has organised events on behalf of Westminster Foundation for Democracy, ShareAction and ODI. Keri graduated with a BA in War Studies and History from King’s College London.

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The International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) is the world’s largest conference with a focus on anti-corruption. It brings together heads of state, civil society, the private sector and more to tackle the increasingly sophisticated challenges posed by corruption. This year’s IACC will be held under the theme: Uprooting Corruption, Defending Democratic Values.

Members of our Corruption and the UK, Defence & Security and Global Health teams will be attending this year’s conference in Washington. As well as meeting with other anti-corruption activists from around the world, we’ll be hosting and taking part in a series of sessions. Details of these events can be found below, while the full agenda and information on how to register can be found here.

Monday 5 December

[SIDE EVENT] FIF on the fifth: Governance and Accountability of the Pandemic Fund

Organised by Transparency International Global Health and Open Society Foundations, 10:00-11:30am EST  | 3:00-4:30pm GMT

Reserve your spot to watch online


The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need for strengthening health systems and gearing more resources towards pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. This can only be achieved through targeted funding streams. The World Bank's new Pandemic Fund, a Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) for strengthening pandemic prevention, preparedness and response (PPR), is hence a welcome step in the right direction.

Join us in conversation with Allan Maleche (KELIN), Dan Peters (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), Elisha Dunn-Georgiou (Global Health Council) and Sara Bandali (Transparency International) to hear how the Pandemic Fund can overcome governance and accountability challenges and ensure that the Fun


[SIDE EVENT] Corruption: a Public Health emergency?

Organised by Transparency International Global Health and USAID, 1:00-2:30pm EST | 6:00-7.30pm GMT

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Corruption has a devastating impact on health outcomes, compounding inequities and undermining finance efficiencies. Almost US$600 billion is lost from health systems each year to fraud and corruption, more than enough to close the financing gap in delivering universal health care by 2030 – a key commitment made by all United Nations member states.

Join USAID and Transparency International Global Health along with esteemed panellists to uncover an overlooked health emergency – corruption. The dialogue will look at tackling corruption in health systems, a necessary component in achieving Universal Health Coverage.


Tuesday 6 December

At Your Service: How Western Enablers Facilitate Global Corruption and How to Stop It

Organised by Transparency International UK, 5:00-6:30pm EST | 10:00-11:30pm GMT

Check out the IACC agenda and register to attend


Professional enablers from non-financial entities (such as lawyers, accountants, and company services providers) have been at the centre of several international corruption and money laundering scandals. They act as gatekeepers to the international financial system and can play a key role in facilitating illicit financial flows (IFFs) by lending their expertise. Not only can they facilitate the laundering of dirty money, but they also make it harder for law enforcement officials to identify suspicious transactions and recover stolen assets. Once money has been “cleaned”, it can be reinvested into the criminal enterprise or spent to the personal benefit of criminals.

This panel, featuring our Advocacy Director Rachel Davies Teka, will explore the role of enablers in Western Europe and North America in facilitating global corruption, and what needs to be done to stop it. 


Wednesday 7 December

The Shadow Army Unchecked: Corruption Risks of the Use of Private Military and Security Companies

Organised by Transparency International Defence and Security, 5:30-7:00pm EST | 10:30pm -12am GMT

Check out the IACC agenda and register to attend


The global private military and security company (PMSC) industry has grown and diversified extensively since the US-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, expanding from an estimated value of US$100 billion in 2003 to US$224 billion in 2020. In response to these trends, United Nations Intergovernmental Working Group on PMSCs is debating a new international framework to strengthen international and national regulations on PMSCs

However, international efforts to establish a new international framework does not fully incorporate anti-corruption risks. The US regulatory framework on PMSCs also has major gaps. There are also many different national regulatory approaches to overseeing PMSCs and a growing lack of transparency on PMSC activities, all of which makes it too easy for the increasingly global industry to avoid accountability for problematic activities. At the same time, some of the largest PMSCs have limited or low commitment to anti-corruption and transparency standards according to Transparency International Defence and Security’s Defence Company Index (DCI).

The goal of this panel discussion is to explore these new trends and activities in depth and to support the establishment of new international and national efforts to better regulate PMSCs.


Saturday 10 December

Anti-Corruption Challenges and Opportunities in Impact Investing

Organised by British International Investment, with Duncan Hames, Transparency International UK's Director of Policy, on the panel, 2:30-4:00pm EST | 7:30 - 9:00pm GMT

Check out the IACC agenda and register to attend


Impact investment is not currently consistently targeted by the anti-corruption community, despite the significant potential impact investors hold to make a difference on anti-corruption. Impact investors play a critical role in international efforts to meet the UN SDGs. The dynamic impact investment sector is estimated to manage between USD $500 billion to $2 trillion in assets and the figure is growing fast as more investors seek to maximize social and environmental benefits. As early movers in emerging and frontier markets, impact investors have a pivotal opportunity to set the standard on business integrity and responsible investment.

Recent research from Transparency International UK’s and British International Investment finds that while some impact investors proactively use their influence and investment portfolios to raise business integrity standards, there are inconsistencies and management of business integrity matters post-investment.

This session will unpack the challenges that impact investors shared with us to date and consider approaches to mitigate them.