ws4.7. Youth Integrity: Ethical Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future report

Geo-Sung Kim, Andrés Hernandez, Ana Carolina Gonzalez Espinosa, Iftekhar Zaman, Kimmie Weeks, Kanokkan Anukansai, 13th IACC, Workshop report, Civil Society

 

13th IACC

WORKSHOP REPORT FORM

ForRAPPORTEURS

Number and titleof workshop: 4.7. Youth Integrity: Ethical Infrastructure for a Sustainable Future

Date and timeof workshop: 01/11/08, 11:00 – 13:00

Moderator (Name and Institution): Geo-Sung Kim, Chairperson, Transparency International Korea and Board Member, Transparency International.

Rapporteur (Name and Institution): Andres Hernandez, Senior Programme Coordinator, Transparency International.

Panellists(Name, institution, title)

 

  • Ana Carolina Gonzalez Espinosa, Member, OCASA-Youth Against Corruption
  • Iftekhar Zaman, Executive Director, Transparency International, Bangladesh and Board Member, Transparency International.
  • Kimmie Weeks, Director, Youth Action International.
  • Kanokkan Anukansai, Senior Researcher, National Institute of Development Administration, Transparency International Thailand.

 

Main Issues Covered

  1. Youth Integrity as key for a strong NIS foundation.
  1. Youth Integrity Index (YII) as a tool to measure youth integrity and results of the YII pilot program in Bangladesh, South Korea, India and Mongolia.
  1. Concrete experiences and lessons about promotion of youth integrity from Colombia (Ana Carolina Gonzalez), Bangladesh (Iftekhar Zaman), Liberia (Kimmie Weeks) and Thailand (Kanokkan Anukansai).
  1. Building blocks for a globalYouth Integrity Promotion Program.
  1. Roles for some key actors for a globalYouth Integrity Promotion Program
  1. Input from participants on how to promote youth integrity; role of main stakeholders and suggestions to the IACC plenary to support youth integrity.

 

Main Outcomes

  1. Identification of main building blocks for a globalYouth Integrity Promotion Program: youth as a key actor of present time; implementation of already existing tools plus new ideas to reach young audiences; promotion of collective actions by youth; generation of key information about youth integrity coming from their own reality; focus on the reality of people; need to rebuild morality and strengthening values and virtues.
  1. Identification of roles for some key actors to promote a globalYouth Integrity Promotion Program:
    1. Civil society: include youth in their initiatives as a target group but mostly involve them to develop new programs; share lessons and tools; increase awareness on the general public about the importance of youth fighting corruption; recognize and address youth reality.
    2. Academia/Schools: include integrity in their curricula; develop indicators such as the Youth Integrity Index; promote ethical education; be consistent between what is being tough to youth and what they see in practice.
    3. Governments: increase youth participation and open spaces to attend their voices and address their needs; promote concrete tools for youth involvement; increase accountability and legal and institutional mechanisms to fight corruption, including the local governments.
    4. International community: be consistent between what they include in their policies and the implementation of those policies to stop perpetuating corruption and poverty, mostly in developing countries with very complex problems including violence and internal conflicts; include youth and transparency among their priorities; provide concrete support to youth initiatives.
    5. IACC: strong request of all panellist and participants to maintain a concrete space for youth issues in each IACC and promote much more youth participation starting in the next IACC.
  1. Ideas about the structure of globalYouth Integrity Promotion Program: special emphasis in establishing partnerships with different key stakeholders; promote a new system to combat corruption that reach people in their daily lives by linking corruption to day-to-day problems and providing practical training; include a Youth Integrity Network, the Youth Integrity Index and the development of education tools for trainings.

 

Main Outputs

  1. Launch of the results of the Youth Integrity Index pilot in Bangladesh, India, South Korea and Mongolia.
  2. Links established among experienced individuals and organizations and WS participant to further exchange knowledge and experiences to promote youth integrity.
  3. Key input from experienced individuals and organizations coming from different regions for the development of a globalYouth Integrity Promotion Program.
  4. Suggestions from panellist and participants to the IACC and all relevant stakeholders to strengthen youth integrity at global level.
  5. Initial contacts and ideas for establishing a Youth Integrity Network.

Recommendations, Follow-up Actions

  1. Request to the IACC by panellist and participant: maintain a concrete space for youth issues in each IACC and promote much more youth participation starting in the next IACC.
  1. Promote exchange of tools, experiences and ideasfrom panellist and participants among all people who attended the workshop and all other interested individuals and organizations.
  1. Bring ideas coming from the WS to the IACC plenary.
  1. Continue developing a globalYouth Integrity Promotion Program.

Workshop Highlights (including interesting quotes)

 

Visualisation of concrete experiences by providing graphic material that evidence efforts in promoting youth integrity:video from Bangladesh, pictures and drawings from Bangladesh, Thailand, Liberia, Colombia.

Panellist and participant from many different countries and regions.

Strong sense to promote much more youth involvement and youth integrity.

“We need to give them [youth] the voice”, Iftekhar Zaman, Executive Director, Transparency International, Bangladesh and Board Member, Transparency International.

“A new system to fight corruption has to be in place (…) we need to go to people”, Kimmie Weeks, Director, Youth Action.

“Youth are a key actor not only of the future but mostly of present time”, Ana Carolina Gonzalez Espinosa, Member OCASA-Youth Against Corruption.

“We need to build and rebuild morality”, Kanokkan Anukansai, Senior Researcher, National Institute of Development Administration, Transparency International Thailand.

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