[ap-intact] Anti-Corruption for Dev't News Update - Jan-Mar 2015

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Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, Singapore: New home of UNDP’s Global Anti-Corruption Initiative
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We are glad to inform you that UNDP’s Global Anti-corruption Initiative (GAIN) is now based in Singapore (effective from March 2015), housed under the Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (GCPSE). From Singapore, GAIN will continue working with all programme partners and coordinating UNDP’s anti-corruption work with UNDP regional hubs (Bangkok, Istanbul, Amman, Addis Ababa, and Panama) to provide policy and programme support to UNDP Country Offices and programming countries.
The move of GAIN from New York to Singapore is part of UNDP’s restructuring, which aims at decentralizing the programme support function from the HQ and bringing UNDP’s advisory support closer to the programming countries. While GAIN’s mandates remain the same, the move from NY to Singapore provides an opportunity for GAIN to align its work more closely with the work of GCPSE on public service policies, strategies and institutional innovation, which are critical aspects of prevention of corruption. For more information on the move of GAIN, please contact gain@undp.org.
Anga Timilsina, Programme Manager, GAIN

2015 Seoul Debates: Lessons from Korea and around the world

By Anne Marie Sloth Carlsen, Director, UNDP Seoul Policy Center

2015 Seoul Debates
The 2015 Seoul Debates, held from 29 to 30 January 2015 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, with some 80 participants from Korea and countries around the world, provided a forum to identify innovative practices and consolidate lessons learned in tackling corruption.
The event is part of UNDP Seoul Policy Centre's Development Solutions Partnership (DSP) on anti-corruption. DSPs are a new approach for USPC as a knowledge broker to connect Korean partners with the wider UNDP network and enhance the overall Korea-UNDP partnership on strategic development issues.

Meeting citizen expectations for accountability in Arab states

By Karine Badr, Regional Project Analyst, Anti-Corruption and Integrity in Arab Countries, UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States

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Students of Birzeit University Palestine organize a flash mob to support 2014 International Anti-Corruption Day. (Photo by Ahmad Shurafa.)
The United Nations Development Programme's Anti-Corruption and Integrity in Arab Countries (ACIAC) has completed its first phase (2011-2014). During this period it produced specialized knowledge and supported inclusive policy dialogues towards the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in the Arab region.
ACIAC engaged more than 1,000 stakeholders from governments, businesses, and civil society organizations across the region with a focus on Djibouti, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen.
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Reducing integrity risks in public procurement in Thailand

By Liviana Zorzi, Event Coordinator on Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption (UNV), UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub

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UNDP has presented the results of an assessment it conducted on risks in Thailand's public procurement system. The assessment was done in response to a request from the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission. On hand to discuss the results was a panel of experts from the government, the private business sector, the non-profit sector, and UNDP.
Some 200 participants from public agencies, private companies, CSOs, and the news media attended the presentation of the findings. As a result of the assessment UNDP recommended a 20-point action plan to strengthen integrity in public procurement as well as the development of integrity red flags and risk mitigation measures.
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Preventing illicit financial flows for financing development in Asia-Pacific. This regional study analyses both illicit inflows and outflows due to trade misinvoicing for Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Nepal from 2002-2011. It looks at the problem and related solutions not only in the Least Developed Countries, but also in the Middle-Income Countries, which are the major drivers of illicit financial flows in the region.
Reconstructing Accountability after Major Disasters. This Asian Development Bank paper suggests a new way of viewing the problem of weak or damaged accountability mechanisms in disaster response efforts, and presents new ideas on how to approach development of accountability in each unique crisis situation.
Corruption risks in the criminal justice chain and tools for assessment. This issue paper by the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre provides an overview of where corruption is most likely to arise in the investigation, prosecution, trial, and incarceration stages of the criminal justice process.
6th Senior Executive Certificate in Institutional Integrity Management - Hong Kong. The Hong Kong University School of Professional and Continuing Education will offer the “6th Senior Executive Certificate in Institutional Integrity Management” programme from 14-24 April 2015 in Hong Kong. The 9-day course trains and prepares professional Institutional Integrity Officers.
Workshop on Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods on Corruption & their Application. The Basel Institute on Governance will hold a "Workshop on Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods on Corruption and their Application" on 20-22 April 2015 in Basel, Switzerland. 

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