Washington D.C. – On June 8-11, 2009, WBI welcomed practitioners engaged in private-sector focused anti-corruption efforts worldwide to the Executive Development Program (EDP) on "Fighting Corruption through Collective Action in Today's Competitive Market Places". The participants represented a range of stakeholders - companies, business associations, civil society groups, international organizations and government – and came together to learn about collective approaches to fighting corruption.
The program helped equip those concerned about corruption to determine the right form of initiative for their particular context, and reviewed the necessary steps from identifying the right players to engage, to design of the initiative through to implementation and monitoring of commitments. Cases highlighted during the EDP included country and industry type approaches. The former included the Convention on Business Integrity in Nigeria. The CBI brings together leading Nigerian companies, NGOs and government agencies that sign up an anti-corruption pact. This initiative is now being replicated in Kenya, Ghana and Senegal.
One of the recent most successful industry initiatives that brought private sector peers to work together is the Wolfsberg Banking Initiative and the Logistics and Transport Industry Initiatives, which were also featured during the EDP.
In line with the new WBI strategy that aims to promote knowledge sharing and network building among practitioners, the key objective of this program was to connect collective action facilitators with each other to exchange their insights, real-life experiences and practical tools on multi-stakeholder action against corruption. The group shared examples based on their wide variety of backgrounds and regional contexts. The 35 came from such diverse countries as Morocco, Nigeria, Egypt, Liberia, Colombia, United States, Germany, Ghana, Japan, Malawi, Ukraine, Japan, West Bank, Brazil, Thailand, Canada, and Austria. By the end of the EDP all expressed their commitment to stay in touch and become the basis for a network of peers acting as resources for each other.