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Voices Against Corruption

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Their voice comes in minor or major key – as rap, folk or pop. Boy, they do have a voice, and they are raising it, as a citizen voice and as a singing voice. On music bands from around the world are making the pitch, in different languages and different sounds: Congolese and Philippine pop singers, Macedonian and Senegalese rappers, and beautiful Zimbabwean choruses are amongst the many bands that come together to support a global youth anti-corruption network and to help break the silence that still surrounds this pressing challenge in many of their home countries.

In the lyrics of Zimbabwean chorus “African destiny” the musicians say: “Roads are congested with dealers. They say money is not for banking, cash upfront for all services. Oh dear father, as we accept cuts and bribery, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer.”

“Invincible Voice” from Palestine and Lebanon is singing “Leadership’s malfunctions, drinking from stubbornness, increasing corruption…” And “Profetas” from Columbia adds: “Yet, in the rain a truth emerges from the mud, not everything is for every-one. Here the law says smart Alecs live at the expense of fools. Get Up For The Future! Stand Up Against Corruption!”

From May 26-28, 2010, in Brussels, musicians under the age of 35 will join young civil society leaders and journalists at the 2010 Global Youth Anti-Corruption Forum to exchange their experiences with fighting corruption.


“Young citizens are influential agents of change and innovation when they find a space where they can voice their views, develop leadership capacity and interact creatively,” said Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President, World Bank Institute (WBI). “Through this Forum, we want to inspire and engage them for the long term in tackling corruption.”

Talented young people from all over the world competed for a place at the Forum. Their credentials include lobbying access to information legislation, launching awareness raising campaigns, and conducting diagnostic governance assessments. At the Forum, they will launch a global youth anti-corruption network to continue collaboration after the event.

Organized by the World Bank Institute, the Forum uses music and Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) as two innovative approaches that appeal to young people. Music helps these young leaders, many of whom come from fragile states, to address this challenge in a positive and non-threatening manner. And it allows them to open the door for a broader conversation on how young people can support better governance.

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