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Tuesday, October 23


Civil Society for Development: Opportunities Through the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC)
Corruption is a cross-cutting issue with far-reaching negative impacts on development, from the distribution of resources to erosion of public trust in institutions and the rule of law to hampering investment. To achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development corruption must be tackled given the linkages across all the goals and its real life impacts.

 UNCAC and its review mechanism is the only internationally binding instrument and can measure progress towards the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 16. Therefore, UNODC has developed a manual on how CSOs have successfully contributed to the Convention and how they can further develop their expertise. Panelists  from Eastern Africa, Southeast Asia and Southeast Europe will present their cases in a workshop shared by UNODC. The event will be an opportunity to launch the publication which informs CSOs, governments and other interested parties on the potential entry points and best practises for engaging on the UNCAC.

Session Rapporteur: Neil Wilcock


Brigitte Strobel-Shaw

Chief, Conference Support Section, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)


Pinjo Dženana

Expert Adviser for the International Cooperation, Agency for the Prevention of Corruption and Coordination of the Fight against Corruption
Ms. Dženana Pinjo graduated in 1990 from the „Faculty of Philosophy” in Sarajevo, Department for German language and literature. She began her career as a German teacher before moving to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in 2011. Since 2013, Dženana... Read More →
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Cynthia Gabriel

Executive Director, C4, Malaysia
Cynthia Gabriel, is easily recognized as a key advocate of human rights and good governance in Malaysia. She has spent most of her professional life in the field of advancing democratic freedoms, reforms and policy change in the country and region. Academically well rounded, she... Read More →
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Apollinaire Mupiganyi

Executive Director, Transparency International Rwanda Chapter
Mr. Apollinaire Mupiganyi is a Rwandan nationality. He holds a master degree in Business administration, major in management, from Neuchatel University (Switzerland) and a Postgrade Diploma in international projects management of Applied University of western of Switzerland. He has... Read More →

Workshop Coordinators

Mirella Dummar-Frahi

Team Leader, Civil Society Team, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Ms. Mirella Dummar Frahi is the Team Leader of UNODC’s Civil Society Team. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). She joined the UN in 1989 when she worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees... Read More →

Tuesday October 23, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Workshop Room 2
  • Organiser UNODC


How OECD's Principles on Water Governance Promote Accountability, Sustainable Development and Social Justice Together
Under the leadership of the OECD and the multi-stakeholder Water Governance Initiative (WGI), the 12 OECD ‘Principles’ were promulgated in 2015 to promote good governance in the water sector through improving effectiveness, efficiency and trust and engagement; Principle 9 focuses on Integrity and Transparency. These Principles are supported by the 35 OECD member countries, 7 non-member countries and 140+ stakeholder groups, including Transparency International. Since then, the WGI has catalyzed governance success stories as well as developed and tested indicators (in 12 countries and 4 continents) to support the implementation of the Principles, consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Going forward, the WGI aims to widen its focus and reach, to include capacity development, and a substantial number of African countries. The aims of this session are to: (a) demonstrate how the OECD ‘Principles ‘ provide a framework for promoting accountability, sustainable development and social justice in the water sector; and (b) engage new stakeholders in the Principles’ implementation.

The water sector is vulnerable to corruption because of: (a) its fragmented governance; (b) its high investment requirements; and (c) high levels of involvement of the corruption-prone construction sector in implementing hydraulic infrastructure investments. Thus, it is appropriate to review the approach of the WGI to address these and related challenges, including the implementation of Water Governance Principle 9 and its relevance in meeting the SDG 16.5 targets “substantial reduction in bribery and corruption”.

The session’s target group includes stakeholders interested/involved in: promoting good governance in the water sector i.e. advocacy CSOs and other water sector actors, agencies engaged in anticorruption reforms and programs; supreme audit institutions and private sector institutions; sectoral initiatives i.e. the media and development partners/donors; and improving governance in other SDGs, where water plays a critical part e.g. Affordable and Clean Energy and Life on Land.

Session Rapporteur:  Umrbek Allakulov

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Christiaan Poortman

Senior Advisor/Chair, Transparency International/Construction Sector Transparency Initiative
Christiaan (Chrik) Poortman is a Senior Advisor to TI, including representing TI, at the Climate Investment Fund. He is the Chair of the Board of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST). Chrik is a member of the Board of the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) which... Read More →

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Dr. Aziza Akhmouch

Acting Head of the Cities, Urban Policies, and Sustainable Development Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Her job at the OECD consists in advising governments at all levels on how to design and implement better urban policies for better lives. To do so, the division carries out evidence-based economic analysis, benchmarks and peer-reviews on a diversity of topics such as metropolitan... Read More →
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Samuel Kimeu

Executive Director/Member of the International Board, Transparency International Kenya/Transparency International
Samuel Kimeu is a lawyer and a human rights activist who has served as executive director of TI Kenya since 2010. Through this role he has contributed to governance provisions in the constitution of Kenya and worked on various Kenyan anti-corruption laws. He is also the national convenor... Read More →
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Joannie Leclerc

Dialogue and Societal Impact Director, SUEZ
Graduated in public policy, Joannie Leclerc started her career as a public affairs and crisis communications consultant with the international public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. For 7 years, as a specialist in environmental policies and stakeholder engagement, she supported... Read More →
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Gari Villa-Landa

Head of International Affairs, Spanish Association of Water Supply and Sanitation (AEAS)
Gari Villa-Landa is a Molecular Biologist with 3 master courses: Environmental Management, Planning & Management of Cooperation for Development and Water Law. She has worked in the Conference of Ibero-American Water Directors (CODIA), organising its meetings, coordinating the Ibero-American... Read More →

Workshop Coordinators
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Donal O'Leary

Senior Advisor, Transparency International
Since 2005, Donal has been an advisor for Transparency International (TI), focusing on promoting good governance/anti-corruption in the water /hydropower sectors, including in procurement. He represents TI on the Steering Committee of the OECD Water Governance Initiative that facilitated... Read More →

Tuesday October 23, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Workshop Room 3
  • Organiser Transparency International
Wednesday, October 24


Is the American Anti-Corruption Model Broken? Global Impact and Prospects
Since the end of World War Two, the United States has sought to promote democracy, human rights, press freedom and justice across the world, based on values and models that find their basis in the US Constitution and the perspectives of the founders of the United States. BUT, rarely before have there been so many simultaneous challenges to this model in the United States as today and the impact, at home and globally on anti-corruption is already significant and could become far more sinister.

The workshop aims to inform and educate – and increase understanding among anticorruption fighters of the global economic, political, strategic and humanitarian consequences of the evolving dangerous situation in the United States.

The workshop will explore some of the following issues and explain their international significance:
Never before have the core institutional pillars of U.S. democracy been as gravely under siege as they are today. Conflicts of interest and unethical activities are a


Frank Vogl

Advisory Council Member, Transparency International


Ambassador Norman Eisen

Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Norman was the chief White House ethics officer in the first Obama Administration and then US Ambassador to the Czech Republic.  Norman is the Chairman of CREW that is a leading government in ethics NGO. He leads the anti-corruption and public policy team at the Brookings Instit... Read More →
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Daniel Schneider

Asst. Professor, School of International Service American University
Professor Schneider - now at American University, formerly held senior positions at the US Justice Department -Attorney, professor, researcher and consultant with over 25 years experience in the areas of anti-corruption, illicit finance, transnational organized crime, rule of law... Read More →
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Matthew Stephenson

Professor, Harvard University Law School
Matthew is the founding editor of the Global Corruption Blog and he has written extensively on the topic of corruption.Matthew Stephenson is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches administrative law, legislation and regulation, anti-corruption law, and political... Read More →
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Jodi Vittori

Co-Chair/Coordinator, Anti-Corruption Advocacy Network (ACAN)
Jodi spent twenty years in the US military, where she served in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and throughout the United States. She worked in NATO’s only counter-corruption task force as the leader of a nine-member team dedicated to improving... Read More →

Wednesday October 24, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Workshop Room 2
  • Organiser Transparency International