Mobilising metropolis: New approaches for fighting corruption in the context of rapid urbanisation

9 November 17:30 – 19:30

Session coordinator’s name:
Zoë Reiter
Transparency International

Expert Delivering Kick Off Inspirational Speech
Alex Warnock-Smith
Urban Projects Bureau (co-founder); UK Architects Association (Sr. Lecturer)

Session Facilitator/Moderator
Dieter Zinnbauer
Transparency International

Carlos March

Joe Hooper (TBC)
UN Habitat

Eugene Zapata Garesché (TBC)

Sasha (TBC)
Transparency International Croatia
Topic: Corruption in Urban Planning: A Croatian Case Study

Name: Pilar Domingo
Organisation: Transparency International

Session Description

By 2030 more than 60% of the world’s population will be living in “cities” with 90% of the urban population growth occurring in developing countries. In a globalizing age of vast and rapid urbanization and massive migrations of people, dense weaves of formal and informal governance arrangements arise in many urban areas. Thus, anti-corruption activists are aiming to find appropriate approaches to stemming corruption in cities. Such approaches address challenges posed by informal governance as well as opportunities posed by new tactics of democratic expression and organization, particularly facilitated by social media and new technology.

At the same time, cities are the primary laboratories of democracy and accountability where new forms of identity, grass-roots mobilisation and collective governance are being continuously incubated. A new generation of urban activists, planners, architects and artists have begun to stage open city movements, participatory design and planning, urban hacktivism and other urban interventions to help counter certain asymmetries of power in cities. This new urban spirit sweeps through industrialised and developing countries alike.

The hypothesis behind this panel is that an active dialogue and engagement between anti-corruption activists and these new urban activists will help our movement to sharpen our toolkit, and strengthen our capacity to innovate and escalate the fight against corruption in cities. The session will provide a space for such exchange in order to identify potential joint approaches to fighting corruption in cities, particularly that which affects those on the outer margins of formal governance space.

The diverse range of activists and experts participating on the panel will 1) explore the specific corruption risks and risk profiles that apply to areas of rapid urbanisation and 2) discuss the potential value and strategies for connecting urban activists, planners, architects and anti-corruption practitioners in order to strengthen approaches and incubate new ideas for the fight against urban corruption.

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