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.