Weekly news – 31 August 2018

Publikováno: 31. srpna 2018

This week Colombian voters showed that ordinary citizens can make a big difference in the fight against corruption.

Ninety nine per cent of the 11.7 million people who took part in a referendum last Sunday voted in favour of new anti-corruption measures. These measures are aimed at ending political corruption and cancelling government contracts with corrupt businesses. Unfortunately the turnout was short of the 12.1 million votes necessary to force the government to legislate.

The Colombian public, however, made it clear that they want big changes, and President Iván Duque will ask congress to approve all measures proposed in the referendum.

Latin American citizens believe that ordinary people can make a difference in the fight against corruption and this week Colombia proved it.

This is happening all around the world. Communities are able to get their land back from corporations and spark corruption investigations by videoing injustices. Protest movements can bring down presidents who rig elections. Even individuals can blow the whistle on malpractice and make a difference for many people; after Jeffery Wigand revealed that cigarettes were intentionally being made more addictive, the companies responsible paid out $246 billion toward tobacco-related healthcare.

Do you want to beat corruption in your community, country or planet? Get involved with us. You can make a big difference.

News from Transparency International

Opportunities

Registration for the 18th IACC is open!

Registration is now open for the upcoming International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), which will take place from 22-24 October in Copenhagen, Denmark.

We are delighted to offer discounted Early Bird rates until 10 September 2018. Participation is limited – so secure yours and register as soon as possible!

A global competition: Mini-grants for social entrepreneurs

Are you under 35 years old and motivated to solve social problems and develop new methods, tools, and projects to fight corruption? Then you might be interested in this global competition we are launching together with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Project pitches will be accepted until 15 September 2018!

Source: Transparency International

Latin American citizens believe that ordinary people can make a difference in the fight against corruption and this week Colombia proved it.