of the most striking findings from Transparency International’s
latest worldwide corruption survey, the Global
Corruption Barometer, is that most people firmly believe in
their own power to combat corruption.
American and the Caribbean lead the pack in this regard, with 70% of
citizens across the region saying that ordinary people can make a
difference. That figure rises to over 80% in places like Brazil,
Costa Rica and Paraguay, and around the world it is young people who
most believe in their ability to create change.
key part of Transparency International’s work is to help people hold
their governments to account.
remove obstacles that prevent people from accessing information or
speaking out against wrong-doing, and work with governments to fix
the laws and processes to make it easier for citizens to
chapters around the world are the heroes in this battle
work they do is often not easy - or glamourous - and it can be a
long and slow process to make the state more accountable to its
where our national chapter was holding a training with the civil
servants who process right to information requests. It turned out
that lots of requests were being rejected due to an administrative
mistake: a form required people to give the reason for request, even
though this wasn’t legally necessary. Officers were rejecting
applications based on the empty field in the form. It took
Transparency International Maldives two years of lobbying to
persuade the government to change that field to ‘optional’ on the
form. It’s a small but important step, and it speaks volumes to the
dedication and perseverance of our chapters.
take Palestine where
this year our National Chapter, AMAN, persuaded the Palestinian
Authority to make public budgets and financial audit reports easily
accessible online. The government also created a new and more
transparent digital portal for the social welfare system – something
AMAN and its partners in a coalition of civil society organisations
had been advocating for.