Preventing corruption: Building the "Yellow Zone"

Research shows strongly enforced elements of prevention are THE antidotes to corruption.  Only through the application of prevention frameworks can we comprehensively transform the world in our lifetimes to curtail widespread corruption.

By far the largest proportion of countries is in the orange or red zones of the TI CPI. These are countries which have high levels of public sector corruption. In other words, the overwhelming majority of the world's population cannot depend on a rule of law that protects their rights to peace, security, and the practice of their religion, education, jobs and homes.

TI's focus is primarily on an anti-corruption strategy with an emphasis on the most corrupt regions. TI is resource and technology challenged, yet aspires to be a game changer in these areas.

Depending on where you draw the line, only about 15 per cent of countries have public sectors that score in the “Yellow Zone”. Only 5 per cent are scoring above 85 (with 100 being the best score). Denmark scores 92 and New Zealand scores 91 in the 2014 CPI.

At the AMM, a group representing the Yellow Zone countries, led by New Zealand, made a case about how this can change by ensuring that TI's prevention strategy is as strong as its anti-corruption strategy.

In the Yellow Zone, activists who work within trusted systems are vigilant about remaining non-corrupt at home and to both demonstrate and promulgate the integrity systems that truly work to prevent corruption.

When prevention is added to its portfolio, what TI has to offer is immense. This can be enhanced by the implementation of preventive measures that define and enforce (1) strong education and training about ways to prevent corrupt practice; (2) strong integrity systems across our society and (3) trusted governance structures backed up with tough performance measures including action plans with milestones independently evaluated and assessed.

By ensuring prevention is more explicit in TI’s 2020 strategy, Together Against Corruption, the strategy invites partners from all walks of life, civil society, the public and private sectors, to join in the vigilant enforcement and monitoring of strong integrity systems and trusted governance.

Strong enforcement of prevention combined with anti-corruption enforcement, working in balance, means that, with all the global change, with changes in trade patterns and immigration movements, instead of more countries moving into the "red zone", TI's strategy can demand attention of those strongly against corruption to work with us to increase the proportion of countries who reach the score to join the Yellow Zone. Working together, we can build the number of countries in the Yellow Zone.

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Yellow Zone Meeting at IACC

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Yellow Zone Meeting at IACC

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