Youth and the fight against corruption


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A presentation by Anna Thayenthal, Transparency International on the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Forum in Brussels on 27 May 2010.

Session: Governance and Anti-Corruption (GAC)

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Youth and the fight against corruption

  1. 1. Youth and the fight against corruption Global Youth Forum 2010: Mobilizing Youth Against Corruption
  2. 2. What is Transparency International? <ul><li>The global movement against corruption consisting of: </li></ul><ul><li>91 National Chapters worldwide; </li></ul><ul><li>19 more in process of accreditation; </li></ul><ul><li>International Secretariat; </li></ul><ul><li>Board of Directors & Advisory Council; </li></ul><ul><li>30 Individual Members; and </li></ul><ul><li>Senior advisors and other volunteers. </li></ul>27/05/10
  3. 3. TI’s vision <ul><li>TI’s vision is a world in which </li></ul><ul><li>government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption </li></ul>27/05/10
  4. 4. They are saying NO to corruption, join them … now.
  5. 5. TI‘s engagement with youth <ul><li>Integrity like corruption is learned </li></ul><ul><li>Young people are a sizeable percentage of the national population in the whole world </li></ul><ul><li>Global Corruption Barometer 2009: Youth are more exposed to corruption than older people </li></ul><ul><li>Youth play a key role in social mobilisation and change </li></ul><ul><li>TI’s various approaches: Research, education, events, networks etc. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Building ethics and integrity in the next generation <ul><li>Primary level: TI Thailand - Colourful teaching booklets aimed at primary school children </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary level: TI Italy - Global Programme of Ethics Education including seminars for high school students and teachers, ethics education through sports and theatre plays </li></ul><ul><li>University level: Transparencia por Colombia – Inter-university initiative providing pedagogical tools and methodologies to complement university curricula in ethics education </li></ul>
  7. 7. Corruption from A to Z
  8. 8. TI Italy: Ethics Education <ul><li>Responsible choice is the first step for everybody’ well-being </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: To enable students to make the best choice in their social and private live </li></ul><ul><li>Tools: Contests on poetry, music, research, training workshops for teachers, public events etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Results: more than 500 students involved </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges: Bureaucracy, political changes </li></ul><ul><li>New approach: Addressing corruption in various school subjects </li></ul>
  9. 10. TI Colombia: Cátedra Programme <ul><li>Objective: To contribute to the ethical formation of university students as future leaders of public and private organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Tools: Inter-university plenaries, case analysis seminars, values in action workshops, exchange of teachers’ experiences in teaching ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Results: 19 universities involved, reached more than 6,000 students </li></ul>
  10. 11. TI Colombia: Recommendations <ul><li>Working in alliance with other institutions from the very beginning of the design of the project has produced greater achievements. </li></ul><ul><li>The establishment of agreements has formalised the alliance with each of the actors, in terms of academic commitments and of the provision of resources for the development of the project. </li></ul><ul><li>The commitment and motivation of teachers using Cátedra components. </li></ul><ul><li>The participation of supportive student leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>The effective selection of interesting topics of public interest that encouraged debate in the plenaries. </li></ul>
  11. 12. TI Lithuania: Summer School on Integrity <ul><li>Importance of integrity and anti-corruption in the curriculum of young and up-and-coming leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Academic programme in the post-Soviet region to tackle the issue of corruption in the public and private sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Target group: Graduate students and young professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on causes of corruption and the tools used in the fight against corruption </li></ul>
  12. 13. General lessons learnt <ul><li>Use media and sports tools to promote good governance concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Use participatory teaching methods </li></ul><ul><li>Establish link to youth’s daily lives </li></ul><ul><li>Overcome youth’s short attention span </li></ul><ul><li>Handle limits to voluntarism </li></ul><ul><li>Manage youth’s expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Include youth’s environment: Teachers, parents etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Actively involve women in anti-corruption movement </li></ul>
  13. 14. TI PNG: Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camp <ul><li>In 2008: 55 students 25 Schools </li></ul><ul><li>In 2009: 60 students incl. 6 from other TI Pacific chapters </li></ul><ul><li>This July: +50 students registered </li></ul><ul><li>Source of funding (US State Dept, AusAID, PNGSDP, UNDP, Oxfam International, Save the Children) </li></ul>
  14. 15. Typical Camp Program <ul><li>Day through night activities </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops and seminars </li></ul><ul><li>Major themes such as; </li></ul><ul><li>How elections work </li></ul><ul><li>Systems of government </li></ul><ul><li>How laws are made, mock court sessions, media workshop, etc… </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Travel costs and logistical support </li></ul><ul><li>Communication with schools </li></ul><ul><li>Limitation of funding sources </li></ul><ul><li>In Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Youth focus in our outreach as shown by this project </li></ul><ul><li>Future success depends on educating the leaders and citizens of tomorrow </li></ul><ul><li>Our message is well received and people are keen to learn more but there are big logistical barriers </li></ul><ul><li>PNG is culturally diverse, and what works in one province won't always work in others </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to work with the resources available in provinces will guide future efforts </li></ul>YDC Challenges
  16. 17. Thank you. For more information, please contact me at: [email_address]