Department of Economic and Social Affairs Public Institutions
Citizen Engagement and Preventing Corruption

Citizen Engagement and Preventing Corruption

Course Description

Involving citizens in governance leads to high levels of social trust, which has been linked to reduced corruption in many countries. The involvement of citizens can help to reduce corruption simply by participating in the governance activities of their locality, region or nation but also as part of targeted anti-corruption strategies such as the work of anti-corruption authorities.

An anti-corruption authority (ACA) has a symbiotic relationship with citizens because it is set up to protect their interests and at the same time must depend on them for its effectiveness. This relationship, combined with the independence they have, uniquely places ACAs to promote the involvement of citizens in governance activities both in their own work and in governance generally.

This course explains the relationship between the main concepts that underpin initiatives to involve citizens – voice, accountability, transparency, trust – and those used in anti-corruption – corruption, prevention. At a practical level, it exposes learners to examples of information, consultation and participation initiatives that have been used in anti-corruption strategies and demonstrates how the methodology of a citizen engagement strategy could be applied to achieve anti-corruption objectives.

Topics Included

  • Corruption, Prevention, Accountability and Trust
  • Involving Citizens in Governance
  • Enabling Citizen Involvement to Prevent Corruption
  • Implementing Strategies for Involving Citizens

Course Sessions

Click on each session to view the course. After completing all sessions, please take the survey and the assessment.

› Session I - Introduction
 
› Session II - Corruption, Prevention, Accountability and Trust                                                                                     
 
› Session III - Involving Citizens in Governance 
 
› Session IV - Involving Citizens to Prevent Corruption 
 
Session V - Implementing Strategies to Involve Citizens  

Assessment and Certificate

  • The survey should be completed before the assessment
  • The password to access the assessment is available on the last page of the survey
  • The time limit for the completion of the assessment is 60 minutes
  • The assessment should be taken only once. The responses are tracked by name, email and IP address. Please note that only the results of the first attempt will be considered
  • Digital certificates will be issued to learners with a score of 60% or higher
  • Learners with a score lower than 60% can retake the assessment after two months
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