OSCE Anti-Corruption meeting in Dublin

From 22 – 24 April 2012, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) held a meeting in Dublin about “Promoting Good Governance and Combating Corruption in Support of Socio-Economic Development”. I was invited as a panellist for the Session “The key role of civil society towards developing comprehensive and effective anti-corruption approaches”. My contribution was about the eCitizen Charter as a tool for citizen engagement and social accountability. The invitation was a follow up on two previous meetings organized last year about the same topic, held in Vienna (UNDESA) and Marrakesh (UNCAC).   This panel (photos courtesy OSCE), scheduled at the beginning of the second day, was moderated by Elaine Byrne, an Irish journalist and political scientist. She just this week published a book entitled “Political Corruption in Ireland 1922-2010”. In my contribution I stressed the importance of clear “rules of engagement” between citizen and governmment. The eCitizen Charter provides a framework which empowers civil society. The use of social media has shown to be effective in fighting corruption, notably in the Arabic world. My plea for participative democracy as a necessary supplement to representative democracy was supported by other speakers later that day. Other panellists covered topics like training of civil servants (Georg Grabenweger from the International Anti-Corruption Academy and Violetta Yan from the Kirgiz OSCE Academy), transparent procedures (Anne-Christine Wegener of Transparency International), anti money loundering action by banks (Roxana Cefan of Raiffaisen Bank International) and monitoring the UNCAC traty (Londa Esadze of UN Transnational Crime and Corruption Centre). The moderator could summarise that in anti-corruption not one size fits all, but civil society indeed...