event details - Understanding Corruption and its Prevention from Society

Understanding Corruption and its Prevention from Society

Event details

  • Thursday | 08 Sep, 2022
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Islamabad

Concept Note:

The focus on prevention of corruption is a key component of a successful anti-corruption strategy. Since its beginning, Pakistan has been grappling with prevalence of corruption. To address this menace, almost all the governments have undertaken various approaches. Anti-corruption laws were introduced, and anti-corruption institutions were established. A few examples are the Special Anti-Corruption Establishment (1947), the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA, 1975), the Accountability Bureau (1997), and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB, 1997). Although numerous initiatives have been undertaken over the years to root out corruption, there is scant evidence that such crimes have been curtailed. Instead, the opposite is more likely the case. Pakistan ranked 140 out of 180 countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)1 by Transparency International. The CPI Index found that Pakistan's very low CPI score is due to the absence of "rule of law" and "state capture". Therefore, Pakistan’s anti-corruption drive needs to maintain openness, and expand the right to a fair trial as envisioned in Article 10A of the Constitution which is necessary for holding

corrupt elements responsible. These actions also need buy in of the government, law enforcement agencies, civil society, and judiciary. Media and public policy institutions can play their role in rooting out corruption by naming and shaming and creating awareness regarding mis-understanding of corrupt practices and mobilizing people against corruption which ultimately further deteriorates state of society in terms of fair practices. Awareness and Prevention of Corruption is a major pillar under the NAB structure and the law which operate separately in public space to create awareness among masses against corruption and its prevention. There is a need to build understanding about corruption so that it does not creep into societal fabric as a sanctioned practice rather society takes cognizance of corrupt practices and reject them. In this context, the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in collaboration with the Awareness and Prevention Division of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is organizing a seminar on “Understanding Corruption and its Prevention from Society” to generate discussion and create awareness on this important subject on 8th September 2022 at the SDPI office, 3rd Floor, Taimoor Chambers, Fazle Haq Road, Blue Area, Islamabad.