Facebook  Twitter  Youtube  ISSUU  RSS  Email

Media Contacts

UK
Dominic Kavakeb
dominic.kavakeb@transparency.org.uk
+ 44 (0)20 3096 7695
Out of hours: Weekends; Weekdays (17.30-21.30): +44 (0)79 6456 0340


Twitter

TransparencyUK We're hiring for a Director of Fundraising & Communications - an exciting role combining two important functions https://t.co/OqLtNZnzoa
TransparencyUK Immediate release: Sentences in $20m Angolan oil corruption case do not reflect seriousness of the crime… https://t.co/ntOdkD93dF
TransparencyUK RT @FTI_EMEA: Delighted to support @TransparencyUK w/ the launch of their new #antibribery online tool. Visit here - https://t.co/vrzatu9K4

Tag Cloud

Allegations anti-bribery anti-corruption summit anti money laundering bribery BSkyB Cabinet Office Chart companies conflict Corporate Cooperation corrupt capital Corruption corruption in the uk employment film financial secrecy Governance Government health Home Office illicit enrichment intern journalists Letter Leveson Inquiry London Merkel money laundering offshore tax open governance pharmaceuticals PHP Prime Minister Register of Interests Research Resources Social Accountability statement Trustees UK Unexplained Wealth Orders unmask the corrupt UWO vacancies

Stay Informed

Sign up for updates on TI-UK's work & corruption news from around the globe.

Will the 2016 London Anti-Corruption Summit be a closed-door affair?

Written by Robert Barrington on Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Anti-Corruption Summit

Flickr/Creative Commons – Mattia Bicchi; Edited by TI-UK

 

In July last year, the Prime Minister announced that he would host a global anti-corruption summit in 2016. It looks like that will be held in May, and it could turn out to be extremely important.

Many observers feel that the global anti-corruption architecture has been stuck in a rut over the past decade, with certain governments blocking progress. The result has been a constant re-assertion of the problems but without real progress in solving them.

This Summit could be different – it can bring together governments that really want to make progress, and have them sign up to actions that they genuinely intend to carry out. It could change the terms of the debate by being an inter-governmental anti-corruption process that acknowledges that the real victims of corruption are the world’s citizens, and often the poorest; that developed economies are often complicit as centres of money laundering; that corruption undermines global security and perpetuates insecurity; and that business and economies thrive when corruption is reduced.

Although the Cabinet Office has, to date, been admirably inclusive in their discussions around the Summit plans, key decisions have not yet been taken. It is important that the voices of civil society and business are properly heard around the development of the Summit.

A poor outcome would be a group of governments getting together behind closed doors and, for whatever reason, failing to meet the high expectations that the Prime Minister has laid out. A good result will move forward the global agenda and make a genuine difference in the fight against corruption, while ensuring that the positive energy of business and civil society is working in the same direction as the inter-governmental effort. That is more likely to happen if the voices of civil society and business are heard both in the planning and at the time of the Summit.

Read a longer piece from Robert Barrington on the Summit here.

2840

Read 2840 times Last modified on Wednesday, 02 March 2016 11:06
mm

Robert Barrington

Robert is TI-UK's Executive Director. You can view his full bio here, and tweet him @TIukED.

Leave a Reply

Contact Us | Sitemap | Privacy

UK Charity Number 1112842

Transparency International UK is a chapter of