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15 ideas for young activists to fight corruption

Co-author and researcher: Stephanie Burnett

When it comes to fighting corruption, many young people are already making a big difference to the communities and countries they live in. But for those just starting out, the prospect of kick-starting a campaign, running a hackathon or planning a protest can be daunting. That’s why Transparency International created a new anti-corruption kit offering 15 ideas for young activists, with step-by-step guidance on how to turn a plan into action.




Communicating an abstract issue like corruption is a challenge in itself.

Throw in a research methodology, like Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, and it can become even more complicated when communicating a social issue to the public.

The goal of this animation was to have the general public understand – broadly – what corruption is and how it can be measured.

The animation was even a surprise award-winner. With a modest budget of USD$10,000, this animation won Creativity International Awards’ top prize in 2012 and was a shortlisted finalist for the Digital Communications Awards 2012.

Project Manager: Stephanie Burnett for Transparency International
Creative Agency: Column Five
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Aid robbed in Uganda: What can be done?

Written by: Stephanie Burnett for Transparency International

Recent Ugandan headlines of corruption are ubiquitous: leading donor agencies such as the British government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Irish government are suspending aid to Uganda following highly publicised corruption scandals.

In August external auditors from the Office of the Auditor General revealed that approximately €12 millionin aid from Scandinavian countries and Ireland were allegedly funnelled to the private bank accounts of officials from the Ugandan Prime Minister’s office. As the fraud investigation wore on, Ireland, Denmark and Norway suspended aid to Uganda. The Ugandan government has pledged to return the money.

In light of the scandal, DFID has indefinitely suspended the remaining £11.1 million (US$17.6 million) allocated this year to further Ugandan development.

The poor lose the most

The decision to pull funding is not surprising, but the impact on the poor can be devastating. Continue reading