9 November 09:00 – 11:00

Putting Governance Back in the MDGs: Tackling Corruption at its Roots in the post-2015

Session Description

Reports on recent and ongoing dialogues on Rio +20, sustainable development goals and the post 2015 agenda have indicated that the overarching objective must be poverty eradication and inclusive human development. However, as a cross-cutting development challenge, corruption contributes to poverty, impedes economic growth and reduces the capacity of governments to respond to the needs of the people. Corruption also negatively impacts on human development, disproportionately affects socially vulnerable groups and in general impedes sustainable development. This has resulted in the large inequalities that have been seen in and across countries, even in countries that have reached some of the goal’s targets nationally.

Thus the beyond 2015 and after Rio+20 agendas all require amongst other things legitimacy, transparency and accountability. The workshop plans to address these questions both from a global and national perspective.

Globally, the follow-up framework to the MDGs is currently in discussion which will move the goals beyond 2015. The question is: will and how should anti-corruption and governance be part of the agenda to address past problems? If the answer is yes, how can the global framework best integrate governance and anti-corruption? Through a stand-alone goal? Targets and indicators?

Nationally, similar discussions are happening and have been supported by efforts targeting how to mitigate corruption’s impact on the goals progress. For example, corruption risk assessments have been devised to prevent abuses and flag breakdowns in service delivery. These are helping to fortify the governance of vulnerable service delivery areas that are prone to corruption but yet which are crucial to achieving sustainable development: water, health care, education and environmental protection. These national experiences provide many lessons that can help take to scale practical solutions to deliver on governance and anti-corruption as part of the post-2015 agenda.

Session coordinator’s name:
Ms. Folake Oluokun
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Nigeria

Session /Moderator
Ms. Chantal Uwimana
Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East
Transparency International

Mr. Shireen Said
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bureau for Development Policy
Topic: Presentation on why governance should be part of the post-2015 agenda.

Mr. Rajiv Joshi
Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP)
Topic: The role for governance and anti-corruption in the post-2015 agenda.

Ms. Lilian Ekeanyanwu
Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption Reforms (TUGAR), Nigeria
Topic: An overview of the corruption risk assessment process in Nigeria, challenges and concerns.

Mr. Francesco Checchi
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bratislava Regional Centre
Topic: Presentation on experiences with assessing corruption risks in the European region.

Ms. Azuka Ogugua
Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Nigeria

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