Workshop 1.1

Workshop 1.1 Global Standards in Political Finance: Transparency and Accountability



Stream 1 Peace and Security

Coordinator: Marcin Walecki (Senior Advisor for Political Finance, International Foundation for Electoral Systems)
Date: Thursday 17:30 to 19:30
Location: Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall

Different basic guidelines and rules have recently been advocated by a number of international governmental and non-governmental anti-corruption organizations. Many of the proposals, coming from organs of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Council of Europe (CoE), the World Bank, African Union, ADB-OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific, and Transparency International, are an indication in which direction the future anti-corruption political finance regulations are moving. Not surprisingly, all of the above organizations emphasize strategies based on public disclosure and most address the question of monitoring. The proposed workshop will assemble a group of researchers, experts, anti-corruption activists, and practitioners in the field of political finance to debate and hopefully to agree on a set of global standards that clarify and define UNCAC article 7 (3) both within the context of the UN Convention Against Corruption and the emerging set of global best-practices. The Workshop will seek to galvanize the debate and identify a set of best practices for global standards. The discussion will start with a brief presentation of papers justifying a few basic rules on political financing and existing standards. Lessons learned, best practices and case studies from several countries will be highlighted.

Moderator: Marcin Walecki, Senior Advisor for Political Finance, International Foundation for Electoral Systems
Rapporteur: Delia Ferreira, CEMA and ESEADE University, Buenos Aires

Panellists: Abdul-Monem Al-Mashat, Dean Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Future University

Varuzhan Hoktanyan, Vice Chair, Transparency International Anti-corruption Center Armenia

Job Ogonda, Executive Director Transparency International Kenya
Bruno Speck, Senior Advisor for Latin America, Transparency International