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Anti-corruption course this summer

For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, May 6, 2019

Corruption has become an increasingly topical issue for the developing world over the past two decades. While countries have attempted to enact anti-corruption legislation and agencies have been established to combat the scourge, the problem still persists.

Although the real extent of corruption in the Caribbean is unknown, its citizens perceive that it is endemic, leading to what Transparency International has described as states whose National Integrity System is on the verge of collapse if urgent action is not undertaken. And in its 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index report, the international agency ranked Barbados at 25 out of 180 countries, The Bahamas at 28th, St Vincent and the Grenadines at 41, Jamaica at 70th and Trinidad and Tobago at 78.

This summeAnti-Corruption-5-6-2019.jpgr, the Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology will run GOVT 2070: Anti-Corruption Strategies, which will provide the practical and theoretical background for these conversations in Barbados and the region. The course will probe the systemic, cultural and structural causes of corruption as well as the intersections of corruption, private sector complicity, weak to poor governance, stagnant development and levels of foreign investments.

GOVT 2070 will cover topics such as: promoting integrity and accountability, the development and implementation of a national integrity and anti-corruption plan, and the role of investigative journalism and civil society advocacy.

The course is well suited to academics, students, policymakers, political parties, media organizations, civil society organizations, the private sector and individuals who are interested in understanding the causes, manifestations, and consequences of public sector corruption globally and specifically in the Commonwealth Caribbean, and who are committed to exposing and combating it.

Interested persons should contact the Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work and Psychology at 417-4288 or email:


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