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Ethics and Anti-Corruption policies

Day 2, Lab 12 - Anti-Corruption Policies Lab.

What is corruption? To start the discussion some philosophical definitions were presented. The first speaker, Joan Dubinsky, suggested that universities should teach how to deal with corruption in real life through the use of case studies. The second speaker, Fredrick Galtung explained how the role and function of the NGO IntegrityAction and how important is to connect the community to eradicate corruption. The finally speaker, Prince Nnagozie from the Bridges to Goodness Projects raised the point that it is through changing the of culture in society that we can change the way we think and our values.

The main points of speaker are as follows:

· Joan Dubinsky

In the formal educational system, Universities teach how to prevent corruption but what should be shown is how corruption can enter in our everyday life: "You can't prevent unethical behaviour if you don't understand how the unethical behaviour came out".

The Global Ethics Forum 2016 - Lab 12 Anti-Corruption policies
(Picture S. Fillos / Globethics.net)

To illustrate this idea, Joan presented the case of study "Serge and the Hotel room Upgrade". This is an situation that is present and common in real life—situations which are in the "grey zone", where education should focus to help people to learn how to solve them. Joan suggested that "you have to understand the opportunities and barriers for both ethical and unethical conduct".

· Fredrick Galtung

The idea promoted by the NGO IntegrityAction is "bridging values and skills for social impact" and how it is put into practice.

The idea is to connect the community to take action against corruption. This is directly linked with education. In practice, they support groups of school students aged 15 years old to analyse situations in which a public contract has not been accomplished. They contact the parties involved and demand a process of resolution. They focus on the results and expose the community to these kind of acts in which there is a lack of ethics responsibility. The solution is focused on the positive feedback and the fix-rate of cases.

· Prince Nnagozie

The Human Infrastructure Development organisation presented the Bridges to Goodness Projects. The idea is that we should focus on changing in the way we think, the values we have and the habits we practise. They provide education solutions for core human development. This method of education has two roles: to help young people to become more aware and critical of corruption and to make them less corruptible.

"In today's world, people need to balance academic pursuit with good moral character".

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