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
- Investigation of corrupt acts and unethical behaviour
- Prosecution of abuses of office, economic crime and money laundering
- Sanction through judicial and/or administrative means.
These two one-week workshops are designed as a logical progression from prevention through to investigation to sanction but you may choose to attend either or both weeks, depending on your specific areas of interest. The main aims of the workshops are:
- Week One: Prevention and Detection 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.
- Week Two: Investigation, Prosecution and Sanctions To help you devise successful investigative strategies including the role of expert witnesses, digital forensics, seize and search methodologies and investigative techniques. To examine how best to carry out successful prosecutions and apply criminal, administrative and civil sanctions including options for asset recovery.
Who is it for?
The workshop has been 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 and prosecuting financial crimes
- Representatives from civil society organisations
- All those with responsibility for or a special interest in ethics, anticorruption and good governance. They will be relevant for people working at national, regional, local or organisational level.
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
- 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
- Review how different investigations are managed
- Consider the role of prosecutions and how to improve their effectiveness
- 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.
“The facilitators were really knowledgeable and I learnt some great things which gave me a whole new perspective on compliance and integrity issues.”
Deputy Auditor General Finance and Corporate Services
Audit Service Sierra Leone