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. 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
The main aims of the 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 processes for detecting unethical behaviour and corrupt acts including audit, risk management and oversight arrangements.
Who is it for?
The workshop is designed for:
- Senior policy makers and managers in the public sector
- Presidential or special advisers
- Local government officials
- Vigilance officers
- Risk managers
- People responsible for detecting financial crimes
- Representatives from civil society organisations
- All those with responsibility for or a special interest in ethics, anti-corruption and good governance.
It will also be relevant for people working at national, regional, local or organisational level.
How will you 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
- Develop the legal infrastructure necessary to reduce opportunities for misconduct
- Analyse systems for dealing with conflicts of interest
- Consider how to create the environment within which transparency and accountability can more readily be improved
- Understand mechanisms for detecting corruption and unethical behaviour
- Explore options for cross-institution working
- Identify aspects of UK experience which can be applied internationally and aspects of overseas experience from which the UK system can benefit.