Building Integrity UK supporting the International Anti-Corruption Day

06 December 2019 / Categories: DA News and Events

By way of highlighting the global impact and the importance of tackling corruption, on the 9th December 2019, International Anti-Corruption Day, the Building Integrity UK (BI UK) team will be delivering anti-corruption activities concurrently in Jamaica and Ukraine. 

These activities follow on very closely from delivery in Afghanistan and Romania and fully support the goals of the United Nations in tackling corruption:

"Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption – a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP. In developing countries, according to the United Nations Development Programme, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.

Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune. UNODC (www) and UNDP (www) have developed a joint global campaign (www), focusing on how corruption affects education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development."

BI UK will be delivering the second regional Caribbean Building Integrity for Senior Leaders (BISL) course, this time in Jamaica to a wide range of security and defence sector officials. Lesley Pellett, BI UK Programme Manager and Lt Col Ian Comber of the International Section and Military Advisor to BI UK will be running the 4 day course. At the same time, Jacqueline Davies, Director BI UK will be running a Building Integrity seminar for senior Ukrainian officials followed by a planning session to determine the ongoing bilateral BI programme with Ukraine.

This week, Lesley Pellett has been in Romania at the Regional Department of Defence Resources Management Studies (DRESMARA) delivering a module on ‘Corruption in 
Human Resources’ which is part of the NATO Building Integrity in Human Resources Course. This has been developed by BI UK's sister organisation in Norway, the Centre 
for Integrity in the Defence Sector (CIDS) and is delivered annually to senior NATO allies' and partners' officials.

BI UK was also in Afghanistan last week to deliver the eleventh BISL course in Kabul since 2014. The course falls under the CAPSTONE framework and is aimed at selected 1* and 2* military and civilian equivalents across the defence and security Sector, with two elements comprising a BISL (Counter-corruption, transparency and accountability) delivered by BI UK and a Strategic Leadership Module delivered by International Section. The two modules are each 4 days long and are sequential with a 3 day gap between.

This CAPSTONE Building Integrity phase took place in the British Embassy Kabul (BEK) for 19 members of the Afghan National Security and Defence Forces from Lt Col to 2* in rank. The course aims to highlight risk areas of corruption for the Afghan Defence and Security sector and how to build institutional integrity to reduce the impact of corruption on the effectiveness of institutions and organisations in Afghanistan. Organisations across the Defence and Security Sector were represented.

Delivered by Jacqueline Davies and Lt Col Ian Comber, the course was opened once again by Lt Gen Khudaidad, The Inspector General of the Office of the Commander in Chief and was addressed by the Deputy Head of Mission Giles Lever who stated:

"It has been a progressive year for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) with a generational change in leadership and success had been achieved during the elections in September 2019 despite the high threat."

Mr Naser Timory from Integrity Watch Afghanistan was invited to speak and started his brief by extolling the ANDSF and its sacrifices. This was followed by a candid exposé of corruption, with a focus on the specific issue of corruption (bribes) at checkpoints, and corruption surrounding appointments of high-ranking officers.  This forthright message was well received by the candidates and generated thoughtful discussion. The final guest speaker was a former participant of the course who was invited to speak on ‘Putting Building Integrity into Practice’.  Brig Gen Saboor (Head of Passports, MOI) asked that delegates confront challenges and adopt the mantra that he has instilled in the Passport Office of transparency, integrity and accountability.’ He also stated that words and actions need to be matched and also to be resilient and decisive in implementing change.

The BI UK programme has been running for 6 years and is delivered within the framework of the NATO Building Integrity programme. We received NATO certification for the BISL in 2016 and EU certification in 2017. BI UK has delivered to circa 2,300 defence and security sector officials from over 100 nations since 2014.

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