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The 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference (DK0062)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Denmark Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Support Institution(s): The International Anti-Corruption Conference will be organ-ised in close collaboration with Transparency International. Transparency International is responsible for the practical logistics of the conference, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark is responsible for the high-level segment.

Policy Areas

Anti-Corruption Institutions, Public Participation, Sustainable Development Goals

IRM Review

IRM Report: Denmark Design Report 2017–2019

Starred: No

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

What is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Corruption limits the possibilities of democratic and economic development. It distorts the political process and limits citizens’ democratic rights, reduces ac-cess to and the quality of public services, makes public procurement more ex-pensive, results in fewer collected taxes and duties, complicates conditions for private businesses, undermines the enforcement of law and order and, at worst, creates conditions for unrest, radicalisation and civil war.; What is the commit-ment?: In 2018, Denmark will host the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference, organised in close cooperation with Transparency International. As part of the conference a high-level segment will be organized with ministry-level members from around 20 donor countries and developing countries. The objective of the high-level segment is to strengthen common efforts and facilitate concrete anti-corruption initiatives with operational follow-up mechanisms, including initiatives within the area of public-sector transparency.; The high-level segment is expected to lead to a set of specific initiatives for combating corruption for each of the participating countries. The initiatives will be supported by a follow-up mechanism to ensure that the responsible governments actually follow-up on the initiatives. Civil society is expected to play a central role in the follow-up process.; Why is this com-mitment relevant to OGP values?: Corruption often takes place beneath the surface. All else being equal, openness and transparency will limit the possibilities for those in power to abuse entrusted power for their own benefit. Access to knowledge and information will permit civil society organisations to serve as watchdogs of public institutions and those in power. Among the initiatives that the high-level segment countries are expected to be involved in, some will naturally deal with transparency and openness: e.g. re-garding information about actual owners of businesses and transparency of tax advice. Subsequently, civil society will be expected to play a key role in following up on whether the parties deliver on the initiatives in practice.; Additional infor-mation: The work on anti-corruption will play a central role in ‘Verden 2030’ (The World 2030) – which is Denmark’s development policy and humanitarian strategy. The strategy comprises anti-corruption in relation to Sustainable Development Goal 16 as a general theme for Danish development policy and as a foundation for delivering on all other goals. In the Government’s action plan for the Sustainable Development Goals, the Government has committed to a goal of maintaining Denmark’s position as one of the world’s least corrupt countries as measured on Transparency Internation-al’s Corruption Perception Index.;

IRM Midterm Status Summary

Commitment 13: The 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

"In 2018, Denmark will host the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference, organised in close cooperation with Transparency International. As part of the conference a high-level segment will be organised with ministry-level members from around 20 donor countries and developing countries. The objective of the high-level segment is to strengthen common efforts and facilitate concrete anticorruption initiatives with operational follow-up mechanisms, including initiatives within the area of public-sector transparency."

Milestones:

13.1 Specific initiatives to combat corruption from 15-20 countries.

Start Date: 25 September 2017

End Date: 22 October 2018

Editorial note: For the full text of this commitment, see "The Danish OGP National Action Plan 2017–2019," Danish Agency for Digitisation, https://en.digst.dk/policy-and-strategy/open-government/open-government-partnership-ogp-action-plan/, pp. 28–29.

Context and Objectives

This commitment sought to organise a high-level segment at the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Copenhagen (IACC) (October 2018) to facilitate worldwide anti-corruption initiatives. The commitment addresses corruption and its effects on democratic and economic development. Such effects include the overall political process, democratic rights, public service quality, procurement, taxes, the business environment, law and order, and potentially radicalisation and civil war. A global forum established in 1983, the IACC brings together heads of state, civil society, the private sector, and others to tackle corruption challenges. The conference usually takes place every two years in different regions of the world.[Note : "About the IACC Series," International Anti-Corruption Conference, https://iaccseries.org/about. ] The IACC was co-organised by Transparency International, a representative of civil society that acts as secretariat to the IACC Council.

This commitment proposed a high-level segment of the IACC in which leaders will create a set of initiatives to combat corruption in a variety of countries. A follow-up high-level segment is expected for the next IACC, to be held in the Republic of Korea in 2020. That session would sum up the implementation of initiatives announced in 2018. Civil society is expected to play a key role in the oversight of this implementation. The commitment does not describe in detail, however, how this oversight will take place.

The commitment intends to promote access to information and access to knowledge (on topics such as business ownership and transparency on tax advice). Thus, it will enable civil society organisations to be watchdogs over public institutions, and it will bolster public accountability. In addition, civil society is expected to be consulted on implementation of the initiatives, thereby strengthening civic participation. Overall, while the topics explored at the IACC are relevant to open government, this commitment is not directly relevant to OGP values because the IACC conference is organised as a regularly occurring event.

The commitment is verifiable. The IACC was a tangible conference with specific dates. The declaration from the high-level segment and its country initiatives can be found online.[Note : "The Copenhagen Declaration for Peace, Security, and Development," Corruption Watch, 26 October 2018, https://www.corruptionwatch.org.za/the-copenhagen-declaration-for-peace-security-and-development/. ] However, the commitment's objectives are somewhat vague (e.g., "to strengthen common efforts"), as is its milestone on "specific initiatives."

This commitment could potentially have a transformative anti-corruption impact, given the variety of OGP values that could be addressed by several countries. However, due to the relative lack of specificity regarding implementation mechanisms, and the regularly occurring nature of the IACC, the IRM researcher has categorised its potential impact as minor. Ultimately, the commitment's success will depend on governments' willingness to pursue implementation and the space available for civil society to keep them accountable. Those factors will be analysed in the IRM implementation report.

Next steps

The IRM researcher recommends the following:

· Use the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) statement as the basis for a follow-up commitment in the next action plan, to track implementation.

· Build on Denmark's national statement from the IACC and draft a commitment around its promise to play a more active role in preventing money laundering through the Financial Action Task Force.

· Invite the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to share lessons learned from the IACC at the next multi-stakeholder forum and tips on designing an OGP action plan commitment with an international scope.


Denmark's Commitments

  1. Open data for citizens and media

    DK0050, 2017, E-Government

  2. Data registers on a shared public distribution platform

    DK0051, 2017, E-Government

  3. Information portal for day-care facilities

    DK0052, 2017, E-Government

  4. Open data and Smart City forum

    DK0053, 2017, Capacity Building

  5. Open Data DK

    DK0054, 2017, Capacity Building

  6. Overview of own cases and benefits

    DK0055, 2017, E-Government

  7. Nationwide deployment of telemedicine

    DK0056, 2017, E-Government

  8. My Log

    DK0057, 2017, E-Government

  9. Civil Society National Strategy

    DK0058, 2017, Marginalized Communities

  10. Report a rule

    DK0059, 2017, E-Government

  11. OGP Forum

    DK0060, 2017, OGP

  12. Denmark’s country program for Uganda

    DK0061, 2017, Aid

  13. The 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference

    DK0062, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  14. IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative)

    DK0063, 2017, Aid

  15. Service check of local government consultations

    DK0034, 2014, Public Participation

  16. Call on all municipalities to facilitate advance voting

    DK0035, 2014, Marginalized Communities

  17. Letter of invitation to first-time voters urging them to vote

    DK0036, 2014, Marginalized Communities

  18. User friendliness requirements regarding digital self-service solutions

    DK0037, 2014, Capacity Building

  19. Plan for inclusion during the transition to digital communication

    DK0038, 2014, Capacity Building

  20. Common public sector digital communication campaign

    DK0039, 2014, Capacity Building

  21. Principles for collaboration on the modernisation of the public sector as well as the establishment of a centre for public innovation

    DK0040, 2014, Capacity Building

  22. “Free Municipality” pilot projects

    DK0041, 2014, Subnational

  23. Recommendations from growth teams

    DK0042, 2014, Private Sector

  24. Strategy for Digital Welfare

    DK0043, 2014, E-Government

  25. Implementation of a new charter for interaction between Volunteer Denmark/Associations Denmark and the public sector

    DK0044, 2014, Civic Space

  26. “Open Data Innovation Strategy” (ODIS)

    DK0045, 2014, Capacity Building

  27. Data Distributor for the distribution of basic data

    DK0046, 2014, Open Data

  28. Open Government Camp 2014

    DK0047, 2014, Capacity Building

  29. Open Government Assistance to Myanmar

    DK0048, 2014, Aid

  30. Opening key public datasets

    DK0049, 2014, Capacity Building

  31. Online Open Government Partnership community

    DK0001, 2012, E-Government

  32. Online OGP handbook for public authorities and institutions

    DK0002, 2012, E-Government

  33. Starred commitment Management labs and new forms of co-operation

    DK0003, 2012, Public Participation

  34. Consultation and Transparency of Development Aid Programmes: Design aid programmes

    DK0004, 2012, Aid

  35. Innovate with Aarhus

    DK0005, 2012, Capacity Building

  36. Citizen self-services: Increasing the use of user ratings in the citizen’s port borger.dk

    DK0006, 2012, E-Government

  37. Open Government Camp

    DK0007, 2012, OGP

  38. Renewed effort for open government data

    DK0008, 2012, E-Government

  39. Regional initiative on open data

    DK0009, 2012, Open Data

  40. Reuse of open source software in the public sector

    DK0010, 2012, E-Government

  41. Citizen self-services: Binding guidelines for self-service solutions

    DK0011, 2012, Capacity Building

  42. Citizen self-services: Guidance and information on accessibility to digital solutions

    DK0012, 2012, E-Government

  43. Citizen self-services: Peer-to-peer learning programmes to help citizens use digital self-service

    DK0013, 2012, Capacity Building

  44. Citizen self-services: Location-based content and re-use of content in borger.dk

    DK0014, 2012, E-Government

  45. Less reporting through increased re-use of key data

    DK0015, 2012, E-Government

  46. MyPage” for businesses

    DK0016, 2012, E-Government

  47. Companies to be “born digitally”

    DK0017, 2012, E-Government

  48. Creating a mediation and complaints institution for responsible business behaviour

    DK0018, 2012, Human Rights

  49. International human rights conference

    DK0019, 2012, Human Rights

  50. Promote social responsibility in the fashion business

    DK0020, 2012, Private Sector

  51. Reporting on human rights and the climate

    DK0021, 2012, Human Rights

  52. Country by country reporting in the extractive and forestry industries

    DK0022, 2012, Extractive Industries

  53. Legislative principles for the digital age

    DK0023, 2012, Legislature

  54. Consolidated key data

    DK0024, 2012, E-Government

  55. App Store for digital learning resources

    DK0025, 2012, E-Government

  56. Starred commitment Preparing a digital reform of the public welfare areas

    DK0026, 2012, E-Government

  57. Consultation and Transparency of Development Aid Programmes: Transparency in aid

    DK0027, 2012, Aid

  58. Tracking progress of universities’ transition to digital-only administrative communication

    DK0028, 2012, Education

  59. Disclosure of status reporting from the National IT Project Council

    DK0029, 2012, E-Government

  60. Overview of public ICT architecture

    DK0030, 2012, E-Government

  61. Publication of Educational Materials on the Government’s ICT Project Model

    DK0031, 2012, Capacity Building

  62. Smart Aarhus and Smart Region: Smart Aarhus

    DK0032, 2012, E-Government

  63. Smart Aarhus and Smart Region: Smart Region

    DK0033, 2012, E-Government