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Monday, October 22 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Corruption, Fragility and Conflict

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Corruption in countries dealing with conflict or fragility is particularly destructive, as it undermines the ability of governments to provide even the most basic public services, steals from the most vulnerable, and widens inequalities. It exacerbates social unrest and conflict and can contribute to violent extremism. Confronting corruption in these fragile environments is critical for long-term stability and shared prosperity. But this work is extremely challenging and is made more so by a lack of transparency and accountability along with low trust in already weak institutions. The successes and disappointments of the last decades have been instructive in how to effectively address corruption in these difficult and varied contexts. How can we leverage the latest innovations together with what we have learned from past engagements? How can we make sure that efforts to address corruption in fragile and conflict states are most likely to succeed?

The proposed panel discussion will focus on (i) the contextual challenges that must be addressed when confronting corruption in fragile and conflict states; (ii) the core elements of successful engagements and the critical role of ensuring accountability; (iii) the challenges of managing risk and the importance of balancing longer-term sustainable impact on corruption, as well as more immediate successes; (iv) the need to focus on both building capacity and skills within government systems, and building coalitions among civil society and other stakeholder groups; and (v) the untapped potential for transformative interventions rooted in new technologies.

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Kristalina Georgieva

Chief Executive Officer, World Bank
As the CEO for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association, the World Bank’s lending arms for middle-income and poor countries, Georgieva will build support across the international community to help mobilize resources and develop more effective solutions for the poor at the scale required... Read More →

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu

Vice President, World Bank


Ajmal Ahmady

Economic Adviser to the President, Afghanistan

Hassan Hussein Hajji

Minister of Justice, Somalia

Elina Kalkku

State Secretary, Development Policy, Finland

Kirsten D. Madison

Assistant Secretary, State Department, USA

Paola Severino

Special Representative, OSCE Chairperson-in-office on Combating Corruption

Workshop Coordinators
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Stephen Zimmermann

World Bank
Stephen Zimmermann is the Director of Operations for the World Bank Integrity Vice- Presidency (INT). Mr. Zimmermann directs a multi-disciplinary team charged with detecting, investigating, sanctioning and preventing fraud and corruption in Bank-financed activities around the world... Read More →

Monday October 22, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm CEST
Workshop Room 4
  High Level Open Session, Panel Debate
  • Organiser The World Bank