About the workshop
Public services may be delivered within widely differing contexts but everywhere we face a similar challenge in maintaining integrity and ethical conduct among all those in public life, whether elected representatives or appointed officials. From ‘quiet corruption’ which damages public trust and service delivery, through to ‘grand corruption’ which distorts a country’s economy, there is a need to develop effective tools to tackle these problems, which have only grown worse as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Increasingly it is recognised that anti- corruption efforts need to cut across institutions and address the full chain of activities including:
• Prevention through enhanced legislation, increased accountability and effective deterrence mechanisms
• Detection through regular monitoring and oversight activities
• Investigation of corrupt acts and unethical behaviour
• Sanction through judicial and/or administrative means.
What the workshop will cover
The main aims of this comprehensive workshop are:
• To assist you in developing and introducing practical mechanisms for establishing, promoting and sustaining an ethical infrastructure in the public life of your own country
• To explore options for detecting and investigating unethical behaviour and corrupt acts, including an opportunity to practise investigative techniques
• To examine how best to carry out successful prosecutions and apply administrative and civil sanctions as effective responses to corruption and unethical behaviour, including options for asset recovery.
How participants will benefit
The workshop will enable you to:
• Reflect on the standards in public life in your country
• Enhance your understanding of ways of establishing, embedding, communicating and upholding core values
• Identify areas of risk
• Consider how to create an environment within which transparency and accountability can more readily be improve
• Examine how the pandemic has created opportunities which raise new challenges
• Understand mechanisms for detecting corruption and unethical behaviour
• Review how different investigations are managed
• Consider the role of prosecutions and how to improve their effectiveness
• Explore options for cross-institution working.