Meeting Report from the 2015 Seoul Debates on Anti-corruption now available

Apr 20, 2015

The Director of the USPC, Ms. Anne Marie Sloth Carlsen, presenting a first unedited print of the 2015 Seoul Debates Meeting Report to the Vice-chairperson of the Anti-corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC), Ms. Jin-Young Kwak on 20 March 2015. The final edited version is now available on-line. (Photo: UNDP Seoul Poliicy Centre)


This report summarizes the discussions at the 2015 Seoul Debates, held on 29-30 January 2015 with some 80 participants from Korea and other countries around the world. The meeting provided a forum to identify innovative practices and consolidate lessons learnt in tackling corruption.

The main takeaways and recommendations are the following:

1.       Analyze and better understand the political economy and cultural context of corruption, and address the multi-dimensional dynamics and functions of corruption in the broader governance environment.

2.       Work with partners to adapt and reinvent solutions to ensure a ‘best fit’ to the local context.

3.       Institutionalize and mainstream anti-corruption efforts with a holistic and cross-cutting approach to ensure lasting results.

4.       Engage and partner with a broad range of stakeholders, including non-traditional actors, and build broad-based national coalition for anti-corruption.

5.       Actively utilize various international mechanisms, new data sources, and technological tools to strengthen anti-corruption advocacy efforts at country-level.

6.       Strengthen prevention as well as prosecution efforts against corruption

7.       Generate political will for fighting corruption both from citizens bottom-up and from politicians top-down.

This Seoul Debates meeting was held as part of the USPC Development Solutions Partnership on Anti-Corruption.

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