Workshop 3.6

Workshop 3.6 Creating Synergies for Technical Assistance

Stream 4 Sustainable Globalisation

Coordinators:
Phil Matsheza, Policy Advisor, Anti-Corruption Democratic Governance Group Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP
Dr. Dedo Geinitz, Director of UNCAC Projects, German Technical Cooperation, GTZ Harald W. Mathisen, Project Coordinator, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute
Harald W. Mathisen, Project Coordinator, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute
Date: Friday 14:00 to 16:00
Location: Alexandra Trianti Hall

The current discourse on anti-corruption is maturing from the earlier focus on legislation and enforcement to a wider approach, which looks at corruption as a governance deficit and a development issue requiring a coordinated and holistic response. Aid agencies and the multilateral institutions have been assigned an important role to support anti-corruption initiatives through provision of technical assistance. Discussions are abound on how international technical assistance and cooperation to fight corruption can be better integrated with domestic strategies and initiatives.

Research confirms that corruption continues to hurt the poor disproportionately, hindering economic development, reducing access to and provision of social services, and diverting resources away from investments in infrastructure, institutions and social services. Besides its negative effects on the economy, corruption has a wide range of corrosive effects on societies, undermining democracy, the rule of law, violations of human rights, distorts markets, and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish.

The gravity of the problem itself and the limited success one can attribute aid to anti-corruption, calls for innovative thinking on forging new partnerships between the traditional providers of technical cooperation both bilateral aid agencies and the multilateral institutions, and the private sector and non state players, both domestic and international.

The relationship of donors to the private sector and non state players is a recent one. Sometimes this relationship is an ambivalent one with companies who are increasingly supporting donor efforts to fight corruption often accused of flouting tender regulations themselves and civil society which is a strong ally sometimes accused of being weak and its legitimacy questioned.
The workshop will discuss the relationship between technical cooperation, civil society, private sector in the context of international norms and standards such as UNCAC and the need for a holistic response to the threats posed by corruption to development.

The workshop will discuss how the provision of TC can be more effectively implemented by a greater emphasis on how the private sector, donors, civil society and international organisations can complement each others comparative advantages in order to create sustainable interventions.
There will be presentations of African and Asian experience on successful cooperation with civil society and explore expectations at different levels of partnership including research support from U4 and multi-stakeholder initiatives from UNDP, GTZ and ECA and. The core objective of the workshop is to exchange ideas on how we can make this cooperation more fruitful and mutually self reinforcing in order to fight corruption and improve development effectiveness. After the brief introduction by the moderator, there will be inputs from the panellists (10 minutes each).

This expert panel debate will include in their discussion how their efforts to combat and prevent corruption contributes to sustainable development and will provide insights into the formulation of holistic approach and effective responses to combating corruption

Moderator: Pauline Tamesis, Regional Governance Programme Coordinator, Regional Centre Bankok UNDP
Rapporteur: Georg Huber-Grabenwarter, German Tehnical Cooperation (GTZ)

Panellists:
Prof Okey Onyejekwe, Expert African Governance, UN Economic Commission for Africa
Dedo Geinitz, Development Economist and Director of GTZ UNCAC Project
Harald W. Mathisen, Project Coordinator, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute
Manzoor Hasan, Director, Institute of Governance Studies, BRAC University Bangladesh