Transparency International briefing for Transparency International New Zealand members

by Steve Snively
Transparency Times Editor

This one hour webinar was a briefing targeted to TINZ members.  The focus was on the strategy and work of  the Transparency International Secretariat (TIS) and how it relates to and coordinates with local chapters and TINZ in particular. 

Presenters were Alejandro Salas, Head of TI Global Movement; Mariam Mathew, Pacific Region Coordinator, Daniela Werner, Strategy and MEL Manager and Roberto Kukutschka, Research & Knowledge Coordinator. 

Alejandro Salas - TIS Overview

Corruption is not so different from place to place, paying a bribe to a policeman is the same anywhere in the world.  The way to fight corruption around the world is also not so different. It is about bringing in 3rd party oversight, providing autonomy to watchdog organizations, and ensuring access to information. 

The difference is that corruption is deeply rooted into the real politics of a country, into the culture, history and dynamics of a country.

What makes TI unique is that it consists of a collection of local experts through the national chapter structure that understand corruption in each of over 100 countries. 

Mariam Mathew - TI in the Pacific

TI in the Pacific consists of chapters in PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and a national contact in FIJI as well as TINZ and TI Australia. All of these organizations have been working on an anti-corruption agenda for quite some time, TI is working to bring these issues into the policy space across the entire pacific, engage in additional countries and become involved in new activities such as anti money laundering.

Information about our work in the Pacific:  Accountability in Asia Pacific

Daniela Werner - TI Strategy 2030

TI2030 Our Contribution - Seven Objectives... 15 Outcomes

TI has developed a 10 year action plan that is split into three cycles in order to allow for learning and adjustment. Details of the strategy can be found on the TI Website: Holding Power to Account – A Global Strategy Against Corruption 2021-2030. These objects define the contribution TI wants to make to the world by 2030. There is a good deal of useful information in the strategies.

Reports related to the TI 2030 Strategy: Transparency International Vision 2030 Findings Report and GETTING AHEAD OF THE CURVE Exploring post-COVID-19 trends and their impact on anti-corruption, governance and development.  

Roberto Kukutschka - Global measurement tools

Roberto discussed the two primary global measurement tools for measuring corruption at the global level that are produced by Transparency International.

Corruption Perceptions Index

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is an expert opinion aggregated measure.  It is a composite index, not a survey, which takes into account expert assessments and business opinions. No citizen opinions are involved in what goes into this index.  

The CPI captures public sector corruption; and does not consider private sector issues such as transparency of beneficial ownership or money laundering.

The CPI has broad coverage, the 2020 edition included 180 countries. It’s strength is its comparative nature across countries.

Global Corruption Barometer 

The global corruption barometer is a public opinion survey where citizens around the world are surveyed about their experiences and attitudes.

Chapter involvement is important. Because of TI’s reach, we are one of few NGOs with the capacity to conduct this intensive data collection process.

Recently the survey has moved from Global approach to more regional approach with the questions tuned to be more relevant to the region involved.   

The Pacific Report will be the last one in this round, it is undergoing final quality review and will be published shortly. (New Zealand is unfortunately not covered because of funding issues.)

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