This year’s conference, entitled “Towards a fairer world: Why is corruption still blocking the way?” is being organized by the Government of Guatemala, the Secretariat of Transparency International and its Guatemalan Chapter, “Acción Ciudadana.”
The IACC is a biennial meeting that brings together hundreds of delegates and representatives from governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations from around the world that are working on anticorruption issues. The purpose of the meeting is to share lessons learned, strategies for combating corruption and analyze scenarios for future action.
The IDB Integration and Regional Programs Department, with the support of the Office of Institutional Integrity, the Legal Department, the Sustainable Development Department and the Country Office in Guatemala, defined a regional technical cooperation to provide assistance and financial support for several workshops and activities within the framework of the IACC conference.
The IDB organized and financed a half-day training session for prosecutors, investigators, members of the judiciary and other investigative agencies on effective investigations of corruption in multiple jurisdictions. The workshop will be conducted by three experts and coordinated by the Chief of the IDB’s Office of Institutional Integrity, Stephen Zimmermann. The experts will present a case study to identify challenges and propose solutions to improve the effectiveness of corruption investigations when bilateral, regional or international cooperation or assistance is required.
The IDB will also finance and organize a half-day workshop to present and discuss the key elements for a policy to manage and prevent conflicts of interest in the public sector. The purpose of this workshop is to improve the understanding of the basic elements of effective policies to prevent conflicts of interest, increase the capacity of participants to integrate the different elements of an effective policy and strengthen mechanisms that increase public integrity and avert corruption. Three experts will present background papers and cases studies to illustrate three distinctive components of a policy on conflicts of interests: the regulatory framework, institutional capacity for enforcing the regulatory framework, and information collection for preventing and detecting conflicts of interest. The senior policy advisor of the Office of Institutional Integrity, Roberto de Michele will coordinate this workshop.
The IDB also organized and financed a workshop on Different Approaches for Monitoring Governance and Transparency at the Local Level. In this workshop, a panel of experts will present different tools and strategies to enhance accountability and transparency drawn from concrete experiences of strengthening institutions within local governments to monitor corruption and facilitating the work of civil society organizations in their roles as monitors of public policy at the local level. Senior staff from the Sustainable Development Department is coordinating this panel with presentations from regional experts and practitioners. The Mayor of Pachalum, in the Department of Quiché, Guatemala will act as commentator.
The IDB’s Office of Institutional Integrity has also convened a panel with its counterparts in the other five multilateral banks institutions, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, to share strategies and lessons learned.
Furthermore, the IDB will finance the translation into Spanish, editing and publication of Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report 2006, with special focus on corruption and health. The report will be presented in a special session organized by Transparency International and the Inter-American Development Bank. During this session, a panel of experts will focus on the contents of the report and its implications for the region.
Also during the IACC on November 15, the IDB will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Bank, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Transparency International for cooperation in the fight against corruption in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Participants at the IACC are due to sign a Declaration of Guatemala for a Region Free of Corruption on November 15. The IDB welcomes this agreement and will work closely with the region’s governments to ensure its successful implementation.