Category: IACC News

We need to change our outlook on democracy for a more transparent future

Margarita Mendez is the co-founder of Fundacion Koikos: Anyone can fight corruption, a Bogota-based foundation whose mission is to raise citizens’ awareness about their rights to hold public officials accountable and empower the public with tools such as the right to petition to fight corruption and demand public accountability and transparency.  Fundacion Koikos is part… Read more »

Social Entrepreneurship can restore trust by facilitating collective action.

How do we make sure we are not wasting our time? Connor Sattely is the co-founder and CTO at SEMA: Client Feedback System For Public Services, an Uganda-based citizen feedback system that improves accountability of public services. SEMA is part of the IACC Social Entrepreneurs Initiative that seeks to empower young activists from across the… Read more »

J4T – Call for Young Journalists reporting on COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 continues to affect countries around the world, impacting societies and communities, particularly the most vulnerable. In light of this crisis, and as part of the Journalists for Transparency (J4T) Initiative, the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) and Transparency International as its Secretariat are looking to support journalists worldwide who are covering the… Read more »

19th IACC postponed

It is with a heavy heart that the IACC Council, Transparency International, together with our Korean hosts, have decided to postpone the 19th IACC to a later date this year. The 19th IACC will no longer take place from 2 to 5 of June 2020. While being a difficult decision requiring concerted action between all… Read more »

COVID-19 update IACC2020

  We are very mindful of the current situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and we understand that many of you are concerned on how it will affect the 19th International Anti-corruption Conference (IACC) in Seoul, Korea, from 2-5 June. While our strong wish is to get together in early June for the IACC2020 in… Read more »

Race and audio-visual: Topics at the 2019 Double Exposure

The issue of race, as well as, how to tell compelling stories through audio-visual took the front burner at the 2019 Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium. The 4-day event, held at the Washington DC, the commercial nerve of the United States, was a gathering of investigative filmmakers and journalists from around the world…. Read more »

Transparency is the new objectivity

Do new organisations need to be transparent about their priorities and agenda? At the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival in Washington DC, Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at the New York University thinks so. He has been touching media skills for 33 years and says that now more than ever, journalists need to show the public the… Read more »

The Big Chill: What do increased risks for whistleblowers mean for journalism going forward?

At Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival in Washington DC in October, I took part in a panel on whistleblowing. I spoke about my experience as a journalist working with refugee whistleblowers, who often have no real recourse to a legal system and are almost completely reliant on the organisations they’re accusing. Other speakers included Erika… Read more »

Trust: the fifth element of the documentary

Trust is the most important thing in a relationship between a filmmaker and a person in the film (showcased in Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival). They do not like to use the word “subject” of the movie, so they try to avoid it. Accepting the thing that the movie will expose your situation and it… Read more »

Journalists and digital security

Ask any journalist what is one of their worst fear and most probably they will tell you security. Journalists are always under threat irrespective of what issues they cover be it politics, business, sports or any other beat. So, last week when I received communication that the IACC’s Young Journalists attending Double Exposure Investigative Film… Read more »

LABELING, VERIFYING AND AUTHENTICATING MEDICINES

One label, one SMS, one verification! – this is our authentication process, further, it is what we promise our partners and the public consumers on brand medicines and vaccines consumed. We recently launched our blockchain platform; http://safe.uthabiti.org/ and through signed partnerships, we will work with health products manufacturers, funders and/or policymakers to label medicines across… Read more »

EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE TO FIGHT CORRUPTION IN BOGOTA

In Colombia there is a culture of acceptance towards corruption because people feel powerless to take action. This has inspired us at Fundacion Koikos to launch a programme to empower people to fight everyday corruption. Young people have a particularly important role to play in our goal of changing the passive Colombian culture to a… Read more »

How can anyone fight corruption?

In Fundacion Koikos we are promoting the use of the petition of right to foster transparency and empower low income residents of Bogota. In the first stage of our program we launched three workshops in public schools. We had a total of seventy-one participants including students, teachers and social leaders. In the workshops the participants… Read more »

UNODC Training Judges to Prevent Corruption and Promote Integrity

During the process to establish the Global Judicial Integrity Network, a network of – and platform for – judges to promote judicial integrity and combat judicial corruption around the world, numerous judges mentioned the lack of training in this domain and pointed to the need for a course which could be universally applicable and provide… Read more »

Stepping up the fight against Counterfeit drugs and Medicines

The pharmaceutical industry in Kenya is growing at a rapid pace and offers excellent opportunities for exporters and manufacturers to establish their products and services in the lucrative market for pharmaceuticals in East Africa. Kenya is currently the largest producer of pharmaceutical products in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region, supplying… Read more »