Anthropology, Business, Economics, Ethics, Law, Politics, Public administration

This course is supported by Siemens as part of the Siemens Integrity Initiative.

Tiri is the project partner of CEU, which is the Integrity Partner in the project

Course date

20 June - 29 June, 2011
Extended application deadline:
10 March, 2011
Course Director(s): 

Fredrik Galtung

Integrity Action, Jerusalem, Israel
Course Faculty: 

Steve Berkman

ex-World Bank, USA

Lorenzo Delesgues

Integrity Watch Afghanistan

Ornit Shani

University of Haifa, Israel

Claire Schouten

Integrity Action, London, UK

Tay Keong Tan

Tiri - Making Integrity Work

Raising integrity standards is increasingly recognised as an effective tool to foster development and strengthen legitimate democratic governance. This course meets a need for critical and strategic approaches to successfully reform institutions to improve levels of governance and integrity. Four policy labs are on offer to choose from: Business Integrity in Emerging Markets, New Frontiers in E-Accountability, (Re)Building the Post-War State from Below, and Strengthening Electoral Justice. 

Raising integrity standards is increasingly recognised as an effective tool to foster development and strengthen legitimate democratic governance. This course, held for the seventh year, meets a need for critical and strategic approaches to successfully reform institutions to improve levels of governance and integrity. Organisational integrity here refers in large measure to internal processes of control and value-driven 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, corruption control, and core values. 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, public sector 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 Lab), 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 session is centred on cases and experiences in solving specific problems in particular agencies and settings. 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, 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 remainder of the day is devoted to specialist Policy Labs that explore practical, problem-solving solution to specific integrity challenges and contexts.

Four policy labs are on offer this year:

Business Integrity in Emerging Markets policy lab aims to develop new insights into business integrity in emerging markets and why integrity innovation represents one of the biggest opportunities for market advantage, to gain strategies for collective action and engaging multiple stakeholders to strengthen the integrity performance of your business, and to foster an organizational learning culture in your company to promote business integrity.
Convenor: Fredrik Galtung, Chief Executive Officer, Tiri

New Frontiers in E-Accountability policy lab is offered for policy practitioners interested in using e-accountability to advance the public interest. It will focus on the steps an NGO can take to create and maintain state-monitoring tools based on public information and the capacities it must develop and/or tap into to achieve these goals. It will develop around the actual building of functioning monitoring tools based on actual data, which have a growing relevance to a large number of developing and transition countries.
Convenor: Claudio Weber Abramo, Executive Director of Transparencia Brasil

(Re)Building the Post-War State from Below policy lab aims to bring together a small group of experts and practitioners to deliberate in depth on specific post-war challenges and approaches to (re)building the post-war state from below. This policy lab will set out the challenges in the process of state-building, including destabilizing corruption risks, and interventions that strengthen capacities and accountability mechanisms from below and aims to develop recommendations to tackle these challenges.
Co-Convenors: Lorenzo Delesgues, founder of Integrity Watch Afghanistan; Claire Schouten, Associate Programme Director, NIR, Tiri 

Strengthening Electoral Justice policy lab will address electoral integrity issues that are often left out in the reform agenda, will encourage strategic thinking, and explores emerging international standards of electoral justice and each major stakeholder in a democracy can both strengthen and undermine this outcome. The discussions will focus on how the Electoral Management Bodies and civil society organisations can, in particular, leverage other stakeholders to improve electoral justice outcomes.
Convenor: Patrick Rafolisy, Head of Integrity Africa, Tiri

For more information please see the Policy Lab information.