Why the G20 anti-corruption drive is failing in PH

By Alan Davis for Devex 

(Editor's Note: Devex, the most popular international development website, invited CANA's director to write an exclusive opinion article on transparency and accountability in the Philippines. We are reprinting excerpts from the article, with permission from Devex.

THE IRONY OF RUSSIA MAKING “growth through trust and transparency” one of three “overarching priorities” during its presidency of the G-20 is unlikely to be appreciated by those civil society groups currently being targeted by the Kremlin. Nor is it likely to be missed by those leaders of countries which score poorly in global transparency and corruption rankings who may take comfort in the ongoing gap between rhetoric and reality in the West and thus see little need or pressure to undertake real reform at home.

Despite some clear gains in the G-20’s anti-corruption action plan in the areas of combating bribery and money laundering, perhaps too much claimed progress is based on governments’ own assessments of their performance — and too little emphasis given to external and more objective monitoring and engagement by ordinary citizens.

A similar criticism might also be made of the Open Government Partnership, the global initiative established in 2011 to promote greater public transparency and accountability where membership, more open than the G-20, is offered to all states which promise to do better for their people.

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