9 November 17:30 – 19:30

Societies in transition: how corruption frustrates change

Session description

The session will explore the different ways in which corruption afflicts societies in transition, often working to frustrate what citizens have identified as common goals. The journeys societies take as they move away from apartheid, the patrimonial state, classical communism or civil conflict could hardly be more different; but corruption typically and consistently undermines progress. Participants will discuss corruption’s effects – ranging from social chaos, to economic recession, insecurity and a regression to prior order – and discuss possible solutions. Do societies in transition pay sufficient attention to making sure that fundamental values are maintained; or does the process of transition so distract as to create a vacuum in which corruption takes root and flourishes? And is the role currently being played by external forces, such as NATO, the UN and EU, or aid donors malign or benign?

The session will draw on the contributors’ differing professional experiences. The aim will be for each participant to state their own vision of the problem and then present some concrete “lessons learned”. After speaking for about 12 minutes on their area of expertise, each contributor will be asked to highlight a few practical steps that could be taken to prevent corruption taking root in societies at similar turning points in their history. The chair will then throw the event open to Q&A.

Jeremy Carver
International lawyer, board member of Transparency International, president of the International Law Association, British Branch, Consultant Clifford Chance law firm.

Andrew Feinstein
South African former MP and whistleblower, author of “The Shadow World. Inside the Global Arms Trade” and “After the Party: A personal and political journey inside the ANC.”

Michela Wrong
British journalist and author of “It’s Our Turn to Eat. The story of a Kenyan Whistleblower” and “In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz”, the story of Mobutu Sese Seko.

Kamal Hossain
Former minister of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh, Advisory Council member of Transparency International.

José Ugaz Benitez
Board member of Transparency International,  Forno & Ugaz Abogados, member of IACC Council.

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