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1 1 Corruption February 1 2012 Dr Robert Barrington Director of External Affairs, Transparency International UK

2 2 Agenda Transparency International Cultural perspectives Measuring corruption Role of civil society

3 3 Transparency International

4 4 Founded in 1993 Chapters in 90 countries Specialist anti-corruption NGO

5 5 TI National Chapters around the world

6 6 TI definition of corruption ‘Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain’

7 7 Transparency International’s approach Zero tolerance any bribery embeds corruption in the system Corruption has victims Independent Research-based Change in emphasis on individual cases

8 8 TI achievements Public policy and debate Putting corruption on the agenda Keeping it there Frameworks/legislation UK Bribery Act Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative UNCAC and other conventions Impact on the ground Advocacy & Legal Advisory centres 100,000 contacts, 3,000 cases

9 9 Personal reflections Great integrity – funding, partners [eg FIFA] Dominated by less developed countries Cultural perspectives Danger Prestige and access Collaboration and lack of NGO competition

10 10 Cultural perspectives

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12 12 Islamic scholarship “Allah’s curse be upon the bribe-giver and bribe- taker” Hadith 1595 in the ‘Sunan of Abu Dawood’

13 13 Common understanding Arab spring Business Principles for Countering Bribery UNCAC

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15 15 Is it just overseas? A leaked Metropolitan Police investigation in 2006 estimated that there are around 1000 corrupt prison officers currently working, with a further 600 officers being involved in an inappropriate relationship with a prisoner. In 2009 alone, there were 10,090 prosecutions under the 2006 Fraud Act, with no indication as to how many may have included some elements of corruption. It is currently estimated that 38,000 people are involved in organised crime in the UK, and such activities cost the economy anywhere between £20 and £30 billion per year. A 2006 survey for the construction sector found that 41% of respondents had personally been offered a bribe at least once in their career.

16 16 Is corruption always illegal? Sometime illegal; sometimes unethical but legal: MPs’ expenses Revolving door Political party donations Unregulated political lobbying

17 17 Measuring corruption

18 18 Measuring corruption Why measure it? What to measure? Who should measure it? How to measure? How to present the data? What to do with the data?

19 19 Corruption Perceptions Index 2010

20 20 How extensive is bribe-paying? Global Corruption Barometer [Transparency International 2010]

21 21 Perceptions and reality: CPI vs GCB? [source: Corruption Perceptions Index & Global Corruption Barometer 2010]

22 22 Measuring companies

23 23 TRAC report Survey of 500 companies globally Data to mid-2007, publicly-available data Rated as 1-5 stars 7 companies scored 5 stars 151 companies scored 1 star Scored out of 50 26 companies scored 35 or more 108 companies scored less than 3 out of 50 75 companies scored 0 out of 50

24 24 National Integrity Study (NIS)

25 25 Corruption in the UK

26 26 Corruption in the UK

27 27 Role of civil society

28 28 What is civil society? NGOs Charities Church groups Unions Ordinary citizens Social networks Bloggers Other

29 29 Roles for civil society Research Investigation Advocacy Awareness raising Organising Legal action

30 30 Some characteristics of civil society Committed to a cause Sometimes controversial Relatively small organisations International recognition Occasional extraordinary successes At times very powerful

31 31 Some limitations of civil society Under-resourced No direct power Enthusiastic but unprofessional? Subject to intimidation and oppression Over-dependence on media? Can be ‘captured’ Foreign interference? What is the mandate – and who does it represent?

32 32 Who is this?

33 33 What’s the problem in Equatorial Guinea? President’s son Teodoro Nguema Obiang Salary as Minister of Forestry, Fisheries & the Environment c. $4,000 - $5,000 per month Source: Global Witness

34 34 Some of his toys… The majority of Equatorial Guinea’s people survive on less than $1 a day Source: Global Witness

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