FP Virtual Dialogue: Uniting Against Corruption

Global Game Changers on the Front Lines

According to Transparency International’s 2021 Corruption Perception Index, 131 countries have failed to make significant progress against corruption over the last decade, with two-thirds having serious corruption problems. The confluence of recent crises—including conflict, climate and COVID-19 —has further hindered  integrity efforts by providing corrupt actors opportunities for graft while eroding state capacity and legitimacy.  At the same time, challenges on the domestic front are exploited through foreign-sponsored corruption, which corrodes democratic governance, national security and sovereignty.

These variables, coupled with more than a decade of authoritarian expansion, make imperative the deployment of anti-corruption strategies that are at least as effective, innovative, adaptive, and transnational as the corrupt networks themselves. Recognizing that solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges hinge on meaningful integrity reforms, President Biden identified anti-corruption as one of the three core pillars of the Summit for Democracy Process.  

Against this challenging backdrop and the opportunity presented by the Summit for Democracy, Foreign Policy, in partnership with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), convened a Democracy Game Changer conversation with leaders from government and civil society to discuss how these corrupt networks and practices take hold and the strategies to mitigate their effects through individual efforts and strategic partnerships.  

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Maria Ressa

Chief Executive Officer, Rappler; and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
Maria Ressa is a Filipina journalist, businesswoman, author, and global terrorism expert who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the online news website ‘Rappler’, whic...
CEO of Philippine news website Rappler, Maria Ressa, poses during a photo session on September 11, 2018 in Paris. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)
CEO of Philippine news website Rappler, Maria Ressa, poses during a photo session on September 11, 2018 in Paris. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)

Richard Nephew

Coordinator on Global Anti-Corruption, U.S. Department of State
Richard Nephew brings a wealth of experience both inside and outside the government to the position of Coordinator on...

Derek Mitchell

President, National Democratic Institute (NDI)
The appointment of Derek Mitchell as NDI’s third president is a homecoming. Beginning in September 2018, he returned to NDI just over two decades after he departed ...

Sanjay Pradhan

Chief Executive Officer, Open Government Partnership
Sanjay Pradhan joined the Open Government Partnership in May 2016. Sanjay serves as the CEO of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). He leads a partnership of 77 countri...

Dr. Delia Ferreira Rubio

Chair, Transparency International
Delia Ferreira Rubio is the Chair of Transparency International (elected in October 2017 and re-elected in November 2020). She is a Lawyer graduated from Córdoba Nationa...
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Maggie Lake

Maggie Lake is a veteran journalist with more than two decades of experience covering business, technology, politics, and international affairs. She started her career at Reuter...
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