Guest Post: Civil Society, Big Ideas, and the 2016 London Anticorruption Summit

Ben Cowdock of Transparency International UK (TI-UK) contributes the following guest post:

Earlier this year, UK Prime Minister David Cameron gave a speech in Singapore in which he vowed to take a stand against corruption at home and abroad, and announced that London would host an International Anticorruption Summit in 2016. We at TI-UK are optimistic that this summit will provide an expanded opportunity for civil society to contribute, and indeed we are hopeful that we may be entering a period of unprecedented involvement of the wider anticorruption community in the formulation of national and global policy. This would signify an exciting new direction for policymakers—one which the anticorruption community has long advocated. A more open and inclusive process is beneficial for society as a whole; policy is increasingly built on consensus and shared learning, resulting in choosing the right path to tackling corruption.

More concretely, in response to the Prime Minister’s announcement and in preparation for this global summit, Transparency International UK (TI-UK) has been assembling a database of the current “big ideas” on anticorruption policy from the academic, activist, business and policy communities. The database, currently contains over 100 “game-changer” policy proposals (including a number of suggestions put forward and debated on this very blog (such as truth commissions and the potential benefits of expanding UNCAC article 35). To enhance academic, public, and policy awareness of the range of current policy proposals, the database will be published in the near future with full attribution to authors and researchers. We hope this will lead to further debate on which ideas have the potential to significantly improve anti-corruption efforts and deter corruption. We also hope that the summit will provide an opportunity to showcase the growth of “anticorruption hacking”, a collective action phenomenon in which civil society generates pioneering technological approaches to fighting corruption.

The London summit represents a chance for new ideas to come to the fore and be at the heart of UK and global effort against corruption. Civil society has already made a huge contribution in the overwhelming response to TI-UK’s call for big idea policies, which we hope will be influential in shaping the agenda of the summit and demonstrating an international commitment to making a change for the better. If you have any big “game-changing” ideas that you believe would further UK or international anti-corruption efforts, we encourage you to leave an overview in the comment!

6 thoughts on “Guest Post: Civil Society, Big Ideas, and the 2016 London Anticorruption Summit

  1. I am not so sure about this initiative. It depends upon what counts as a “big idea.” Actually implementing policies that we have good reason to thing work? Or conjuring up contrivances that at first blush seem clever?

    I helped write a review of a successful two term governor of an American state some years ago for Princeton University’s “Innovations for Successful Society” program. The governor and his senior staff were as smart as they come and as plugged into new thinking about policy as anyone in the U.S. My co-author and I kept looking for the “big ideas” behind his success. We never found any. What we found instead was an emphasis on fundamentals — in the words of one of the governor’s senior staff (in the parlance of American football), “blocking and tackling.” To me, a “big idea” or a “game changer” would be a way to get public officials to do better at blocking and tackling.

  2. At LeaderShape Global we do not believe addressing policies and changing rules is enough. Sustainable change will only be effected by organisations choosing different kinds of leaders and embedding the right kind of cultures throughout organisations. Here are 2 short articles published by Kogan Page containing aletter published by The Economist that explain this opinion:
    The REAL Solution to Corruption and Bribery: Building an Ethical Culture & Now It Is the Auto Industry that Needs Transpersonal Leadership

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