Business, Economics, Education, Ethics, Integrity, Management, Politics, Public administration, Public policy

This course is supported by Siemens as part of the Siemens Integrity Initiative. Integrity Action is the project partner of CEU, which is the Integrity Partner in the project.

  

Application is possible only to one of the sub-courses. Please visit the relevant web site below.

Course date

6 July - 11 July, 2014
Application for this course is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Fredrik Galtung

Integrity Action, Jerusalem, Israel
Course Faculty: 

Alan Barlow

Integrity Action, London, UK

Ellen Goldberg

Integrity Action, Jerusalem, Israel

Natalia Kiryttopoulou

Keystone Accountability, London, UK

Claire Schouten

Integrity Action, London, UK

Ornit Shani

University of Haifa, Israel
Raising integrity standards is increasingly recognised as an effective tool to foster development and strengthen legitimate democratic governance. This course, held for the tenth year, meets a need for critical and strategic approaches to successfully reform institutions to improve levels of governance and integrity. Organisational integrity here refers both to internal processes of control and value-driven reform as well as to the engagement of external stakeholders in the process and management of reform.
 
This course is aimed at managers, internal control specialists (e.g. investigators, compliance officers, inspectors, etc.) as well as civil society representatives. It will also be open to academics interested in offering similar courses at their own universities. Integrity is a concept that requires the alignment of competence, accountability, ethics and corruption control. Experience suggests that only a multipronged strategy to improve integrity standards will overcome the problems posed by poor governance and corruption. A one-size-fits-all approach will not work. There is a growing recognition among leading policy practitioners that the cutting edge of sustainable reform lies at least in part in the interaction between different stakeholders. This course is one of the rare efforts to take a multi-stakeholder approach to achieve short- and medium-term reform.
 
The approach offered by this course is interdisciplinary straddling law, economics, business, public administration, applied ethics, as well as politics, statistical and ethnographic approaches. The course will familiarise participants with core ingredients to a strategic and critical approach for effective and sustainable organisational integrity reform and to raising integrity standards in public and private institutions.

Beyond the traditional lectures and seminars, various alternative methods will be used, including training DVDs, expert panel, workshops (Policy Labs), discussion groups, individual and group paper presentations by the participants. Participants are expected to complete assignments in advance, during and after the course and are encouraged to utilise the course's e-learning site.

The morning plenary sessions for all participants are centred on cases and experiences in solving specific problems in particular agencies and settings as well as over-arching theoretical and conceptual approaches. The topics of the plenary sessions are cross-cutting issues such as definitions, measurements and research methodology, leadership, public value creation, and ethics in public life, and also distinct areas such as access to information, fiscal transparency, the use of information technology, and risk assessment and management with a focus on integrity issues in inter-governmental organisations, public administration, civil society, politics and parliaments.

Some of the world’s foremost experts and practitioners in the field of integrity and anti-corruption will teach and lead discussions to help forge creative and contextually-sensitive solutions to a problem that burdens many societies and poses a major risk to programmes in business, government and civil society.

The afternoons are devoted to specialist Policy Labs that explore practical, problem-solving solutions to specific integrity challenges and contexts.

The following policy labs are on offer in 2014:
TThis policy lab addresses the challenges and opportunities for SMEs and social enterprises in emerging markets. It develops new insights into business integrity in emerging markets and a framework for implementing integrity innovation as one of the biggest opportunities for market advantage, to gain strategies for collective action and engaging multiple stakeholders to strengthen the integrity performance of business, and to foster an organizational learning culture in your company to promote business integrity. This course is aimed at senior management from SME’s and social enterprises in emerging markets, large companies interested in finding innovative ways of improving the business practices of their supply chain, academics who work with or educate the managers of these enterprises, and NGOs, donors and policy makers active in this sector.
 
Convenor: Fredrik Galtung, CEO, Integrity Action
 
TThis policy lab aims to assist academics from all disciplines, education administrators and trainers of public officials to incorporate integrity education into their teaching and training, with components of classroom and community-based action learning.  It will help you to develop curricula, modules and syllabi that use interactive, collaborative and student-centred teaching and learning methods in various media to equip students and executives with the knowledge and skills to recognise integrity challenges, formulate and implement responsible, practical solutions.  Building on the experiences of faculty and participants, the exercises and case studies will provide opportunities for mutual learning and peer review regarding complex, on-the-job situations, alongside exposure to community-led activities and field work, citizen monitoring, social audits, investigations, and other methods.
 
Universities are looking for strategies to inspire their students in the classroom, on campus and in the community, as well as to nurture a personal and institutional culture of accountability, competence and ethics. Methods will be introduced that help develop higher level thinking, analytical skills and practical experience – integrating useful skills with real field experience.
 
Public officials today work in a global environment that is more demanding of higher governance standards, which now include much more direct engagement with citizens as consumers and potential partners, rather than solely as passive beneficiaries of public services.  Civil society has local knowledge and skills that can complement the professionalism of public officials and thereby enhance public service delivery and improve the integrity of public projects. This policy lab will help trainers of public officials to recognise the contributions that the public can make as partners who know what is happening on the ground, and to encourage the two groups to work together productively.
 
Convenor: Ellen Goldberg, Director, Integrity Education Network, Integrity Action
 
This policy lab addresses the challenges and opportunities for building integrity and integrating feedback loops in development. It brings together practitioners across sectors to focus on collective learning and evidence-based decision making, collaborative problem identification and solving, and feedback mechanisms that ‘close the loop’ to trigger corrective activity and stakeholder satisfaction.
 
Often governance and accountability efforts are piecemeal, uncoordinated and unsustainable. How can we go beyond such initiatives towards institutionalizing and mainstreaming integrity?  With increasing interest in integrating feedback in development plans and programmes, how can we ensure these efforts are better coordinated and locally led? How can we build a system that supports citizen feedback through people-centered design, technology, and other inclusive methods?
 
Drawing on the experience from various contexts, this lab will explore how integrity, transparency and accountability methodologies can be incorporated into public resource management and service delivery as a matter of course to improve the quality of people’s lives.
 
Topics will include mainstreaming integrity building in education; feedback mechanisms in aid and development programming and innovative financing to mainstream integrity and feedback mechanisms.
 
Convenor: Claire Schouten, Director, Community Integrity Building, Integrity Action