As an innovator of technology and research, our success is not just measured in the success of our tools but in how those tools and information promote real change.
Where is Global Integrity's impact seen and felt? Below are some stories from around the world.
Prioritizing Governance Reforms
Governance and transparency reforms are never easy; they take years (if not generations) to implement. Global Integrity accelerates policy change by providing actionable tools that help those already working towards governance reform to prioritize the challenges, maximizing their financial and political capital in the short- and medium-term.
Sorin Ionita of the Romanian Academic Society (SAR), a Bucharest-based independent think tank, highlights the role that Global Integrity's data plays in his organization's project and strategy development. "As it is conceived, the Coalition for a Clean Parliament [a key SAR initiative] is meant to directly address two of the problems signaled by Global Integrity in relation to the quality of governance in Romania and the broader region: the weakness of whistle blowing mechanisms, and the opacity (and lack of integrity) of [political] party financing."
Transparency International's Philippines chapter reports that "as a founding member of the Good Citizenship Movement (GCM) and the Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN), we have used…Global Integrity data to help civil society organizations prioritize and focus their advocacy efforts on a critical few [challenges]."
In training Bulgarian civil servants for their roles as ministerial-level anti-corruption monitors, LEVSKI, an local education and training NGO, uses the Global Integrity Report to highlight key issues applicable to Bulgarian internal corruption risk assessments.
G. Jasper Cummeh, past director of the Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia, observed that "The depth of Global Integrity's work emboldens CENTAL and other civil society groups to confront our government with compelling evidence on the need for governance reform. Global Integrity's work is a clarion call for urgent action."
Making Governance Aid Smarter
- Global Integrity country assessments play an important role in shaping the World Bank's Country Policy and Institutional Assessments (CPIA) process. CPIA assessments are internal World Bank country reviews compiled on an annual basis for countries across multiple socio-economic dimensions. CPIA ratings significantly influence the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) loan allocations. IDA countries are home to more than two billion people, half of the total population of the developing world, most of which, an estimated 1.5 billion, survive on incomes of US$2 or less a day.
- The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government corporation that selects countries for economic growth and poverty reduction programs based on their commitment to good governance, has drawn heavily upon Global Integrity assessments and now relies on Global Integrity data as an official source of supplementary information for selecting countries eligible for MCC funding. MCC has used Global Integrity assessments as a tool for diagnosing policy performance and has found that "the indicators contained in [our] reports are highly comprehensible and comparable across countries." Global Integrity's assessments have also proven critical in the design of MCC's Threshold Programs, which support policy reform in developing countries, particularly in anti-corruption programs.
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