Breaking the corruption chain

9 December, 2015

International Anti-Corruption Day

It is the opponent of the 2013 Lough Erne legacy, the buzzword of international footballing scandals, and a plague to the successful functioning of society worldwide: corruption.

The concept itself is notoriously difficult to define; there does not seem to be any one example of corruption, but there are certainly a variety of things we agree constitute corrupt acts. Activists in the field will often say that the words bribery and corruption know no linguistic obstacles.

Worldwide, we are asked to think and raise awareness about corruption on this day – in whatever form it may take. Why do we do this?

To begin with, corruption is believed to stunt economic growth, have detrimental effects on the environment and social cohesion, and detract from the quality of life one can pursue within their respective society.

The United Nations states the following about anti-corruption day 2015:

“The 2015 joint international campaign focuses on how corruption undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to human rights violations, distorts markets, erodes quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish.

The campaign #breakthechain also highlights that corruption is a cross-cutting crime, impacting many areas. It shows that acting against corruption is imperative to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.”

As part of the Foreign and Commonwealth network, Wilton Park has made efforts to tackle corruption in a number of ways. Over the past 10 years, numerous experts have walked through our doors to assist governments from across the world to tackle this issue. Parliamentary ethics, complex financing models, and environmental problems are just a few of the areas to come under our attendee’s microscope. In the past few months alone, we have facilitated investigations into the relationship of human rights and mega sporting events, problems with the evolving drugs trade, and the endemically corrupt trade of illegal wildlife goods.

This day is an opportune moment to recommit to that fight – let us break the chain in global corruption.

Related events

Human rights and mega sporting events (2015)

Wildlife crime and international security: strengthening law enforcement (2015)

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