Huguette Labelle, Transparency International chair
Recognizing the problem is only the first step towards a solution. That is why we help citizens to demand accountability from their leaders. And we show governments what they can do to tackle corruption.
This blog will show you what people are doing to stop corruption around the world through the unique perspectives of Transparency International’s local, independent offices run by local staff in over 100 countries. From Russia, where we recently went around asking police for identification, to Guatemala where we trek out to remote communities to help them hold government programmes accountable, to campaigns against fake teachers in Niger. See which countries Transparency International operates in here and read about their most recent achievements in our annual report.
We also have free-of-charge, walk-in corruption advice centers in 56 countries. These are not just limited to the developing world. We can encourage people to blow the whistle when they see corruption in daily life. We can help people monitor government spending that is increasingly being made available online. We can ask multinational companies to be more transparent (and ask interest groups to stop lobbying against anti-corruption rules).
Corruption, the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, hurts everyone whose life, livelihood or happiness depends on the integrity of people in a position of authority.
Corruption strikes many walks of life, as do the responses to it. Besides documenting the daily work of anticorruption activists worldwide, this blog also provides insight and analyse into a wide range of corruption issues, and voices from other people involved in the fight against it: from climate change and the arms sector, to education and healthcare.
How Transparency International fights corruption is laid out in our Strategic Plan.
Corruption is a crime against society”
Cobus de Swardt, Transparency International Managing Director
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