Global Integrity Report: 2009 — Call for Experts

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We are once again happy to announce our annual Call for Experts for help in generating the Global Integrity Report: 2009. The Global Integrity Report is our flagship collection of national-level anti-corruption and good governance assessments. Please see the announcement below for more details, and feel free to forward this post to any colleagues and friends. You can also visit this wiki page for the same details. Apply online here.

This year, we have streamlined the application process and have taken it entirely online. To express your interest in working with us in 2009, please click on the following link to complete a short online application:

Even if you have worked with Global Integrity for many years, we kindly ask that you take 5 minutes to complete the online application form, which is extremely important for us in deciding which countries will be covered in 2009.

— Nathaniel Heller

2009 Global Integrity Call for Experts

Global Integrity, an award-winning international non-profit organization dedicated to tracking governance and corruption trends around the world, is seeking interested journalists, researchers, social scientists, and other experts with a background in governance and corruption issues to prepare its Global Integrity Report: 2009.

The Global Integrity Report is a compilation of in-depth country assessments prepared by local experts that combines qualitative journalistic reporting with quantitative data gathering to produce a powerful “snapshot” of the strengths and weaknesses of national anti-corruption mechanisms. The Report is widely used by development experts and aid donors; reform-minded governments; private sector investors; and grassroots journalists and advocates to prioritize governance challenges and promote anti-corruption reform efforts.

In February 2009 Global Integrity released its Global Integrity Report: 2008, covering 57 diverse countries around the world. Final country selection for the Global Integrity Report: 2009 has not yet been determined and is influenced by the interest expressed by qualified country experts, all of whom are compensated for their efforts.

To learn more about collaborating with us on the Global Integrity Report: 2009, please see the Fact Sheet below. Interested candidates should apply online no later than June 1, 2009 by visiting Additional information about Global Integrity is available on our website.

2009 Call for Experts Fact Sheet

Who We Are: Global Integrity is an international, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to tracking governance and corruption trends around the world. We work with local experts in countries around the world to combine journalistic reporting with in-depth data gathering to produce actionable analysis that arms decision makers – including donors, government officials, investors, journalists, and grassroots advocates – with evidence-based strategies for promoting anti-corruption reform. Our work is unique in that it relies on the contributions of local in-country experts and seeks to assess the opposite of corruption (good governance and anti-corruption mechanisms) rather than corruption itself.

What We Do: Our flagship annual report is the Global Integrity Report, itself made up of individual country assessments. The two primary elements of each country assessment are the Integrity Indicators scorecard and the Reporter’s Notebook. In each country that we cover, we hire a lead researcher to carry out investigative research (through interviews and document research) to score our more than 300 Integrity Indicators. The Indicators assess the laws, institutions, and mechanisms designed to curb or deter abuses of power in any country; the degree to which those mechanisms are implemented in practice; and the extent to which citizens have access to those anti-corruption mechanisms. In parallel, we hire a lead reporter in the same country to prepare a short (approximately 1,250-word) qualitative “Reporter’s Notebook” that highlights, in narrative form, the current climate of corruption in the country – how corruption looks, tastes, feels and smells to the average citizen. Finally, we hire 3-5 peer reviewers (both in-country and out-of-country experts) who blindly review both the Reporter’s Notebooks and the Integrity Indicators to contribute additional information, comments, and criticisms of both products – the peer review comments are published as an integral component of the final country report. You can find examples of our country reports as well as a detailed description of our methodology on the Report’s website:

Who We Are Looking For: We are seeking qualified and motivated experts to work with Global Integrity as we go into the field in 2009. We are inviting interested journalists, researchers, social scientists, and academic experts from any country with expertise in governance and corruption issues to apply online at no later than June 1, 2009. Our experts’ professionalism, objectivity, and independence are critical qualifications; a working proficiency in English is also necessary. Reporters and researchers should currently be working in-country; peer reviewers can be both in-country and out-of-country experts. The majority of our experts have at least 3-5 years professional experience.

Timing: Based on previous field work experience, we anticipate lead researchers and journalists beginning their fieldwork in June 2009. Peer reviewers will receive the draft reporting and data for their review beginning in August/September 2009. Our goal is to release the Global Integrity Report: 2009 in January/February 2010.

Country Selection: The selection of the countries to be included in the 2009 Report is not yet final and in part will depend on our ability to assemble a qualified team in each country. As such, we are inviting qualified experts from any country to express their interest in joining our team for 2009. We aim to repeat a number of the countries assessed in previous Global Integrity Reports.

Compensation: We compensate all of our experts for their efforts. Global Integrity generally contracts with individuals, not institutions, and final payment schedules and deadlines are agreed upon in a contract before work commences. We typically pay our lead reporters approximately US$1500 for preparing the Reporter’s Notebooks, our lead researchers approximately US$2250 for scoring the Integrity Indicators, and our peer reviewers US$300 for each country assessment they review (some review more than one country assessment and are compensated additionally).

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