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Youth at the Forefront of Anti-Corruption Movement

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Jiwo Damar Anarkie from Indonesia is a young co-founder of the Future Leaders for Anti-Corruption (FLAC) a local NGO, and he uses storytelling and hand puppets to teach integrity to elementary school students.
 
"They're very young, at the stage where character building is still possible. Storytelling is one of the most effective ways to do so," said Anarkie.
 
The organization did an initial road show in four schools in Jakarta, and later built partnerships with Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK, Corruption Eradication Commission), allowing the team to reach more schools in more cities as well as to train more storytellers and purchase more hand puppets.Anarkie was one of the competitively selected participants from a global competition to attend the 3rd Global Voices Against Corruption forum in Brasilia, Brazil, on November 5-6, 2012. The Forum preceded and was a partner of the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2012 (IACC), which took place on November 7-10.
 
The Forum was attended by more than 100 civil society leaders, journalists, ICT experts, and musicians from 49 countries and built on previous achievements of the Global Youth Anti-Corruption (GYAC) Network. GYAC now has one of the fastest growing networks supported by the World Bank Institute (WBI), with 1,500 members on its online platform.
 
The event also brought competitively selected conference participants together to collaboratively develop their skills and knowledge on using Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for good governance, project management, fundraising, citizen journalism, networking, and innovative social accountability approaches.
 
The speakers included young leaders, members of the Network who have implemented in-country projects through the Network’s mini grants, representatives of the British Council Global Changemakers program, Vinicius Wu of Rio Grande do Sul State's Digital Cabinet, as well as experts from WBI including Vice President Sanjay Pradhan, Robert Hunja, Manager of the Open Government team, Boris Weber, Senior Governance Specialist and Keith McLean, Lead Social Development Specialist.
 
"Throughout my anti-corruption struggle, the refrain has been, 'This is very hard.' But I see none of that here,” said Sanjay Pradhan, WBI Vice President at the forum’s conclusion.” You represent energy, commitment, passion, enthusiasm, dedication in the fight against corruption and we desperately need that."
 
Youth Leaders Creating Change
 
To deepen national and regional ties for the GYAC Network in Brazil, 10 young Brazilian anti-corruption activists were also invited to the GYAC forum through Amarribo, Jr., an anti-corruption group in the country. One of them was Liana Morisco, who previously received threats after writing about a corrupt politician.
 
“People are scared to [fight corruption] because they are afraid of threats. People who've fought corruption have been murdered and their cars and homes trashed … [but] once you're in it, you're in it. You can't just get out. They threaten us to stop doing what we do. So if we stop fighting, they're going to win,” said Morisco.
 
Through the GYAC network and the 3rd Global Voices Against Corruption forum, anti-corruption advocates like Liana Morisco found allies and partners within the Latin American region and from around the world, who could help them with best practices, collaborative actions, and innovations in the fight against corruption.
 
Asserting the role of the youth in the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC)
 
The forum was followed by the IACC conference, which ended with the Brasilia Declaration that called on "government, business and society to embrace transparency so that it ensures full participation of all people." One of the key findings in the four-day conference is the increasing importance of the role of the youth in the fight against corruption.
 
At the IACC, attended by more than 1,500 participants from civil society, heads of state, and the private sector, GYAC members delivered a workshop session entitled Youth, Music, ICT in Anti-Corruption, which showcased youth-led initiatives such as the Fair Play Anti-Corruption Youth Voices, Checkmyschool, and GYAC.
 
For 2012, more than 70,000 online votes were received by the videos submitted to Fair Play. The program recently won a UN-sponsored World Summit Youth Award. GYAC, through WBI, worked with Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) for a concert on the last day of the conference, with the winning bands of the 2012 edition of Fair Play performing.
 
A special plenary at the IACC was on The Future of Fighting Corruption, jointly organized by GYAC and Transparency International.  "The fight against corruption is boring. It's not about conferences, photos, publicity. It's about the everyday work you do," said Elena Panfilova, Director of Transparency International-Russia, who started her struggle against corruption as a young activist.
 
"We need to increase the cost of corruption. How do we change the incentives? How do we make it that corrupt leaders are unelectable? That corrupt employees are unappointable? We need to ensure that corruption is not an option," said Rajiv Joshi, Director of Programs at the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP).

 

Photo Credit: Bunga Manggiasih/GYAC

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