Regional Dialogue: Transparency, Accountability and Voices against Corruption - Accelerating Human Development in Asia-Pacific
Five percent of global GDP (US$ 2.6 trillion) is lost to corruption every year, which hinders development. And corruption has a human face. It impacts people’s access to basic services such as health, education, water and sanitation. In Asia Pacific 700 million people still live without electricity despite the high economic growth in the region. Corruption widens inequalities, in particular impacting women and marginalized communities - for example in rural areas.
On June 12, 2014, UNDP in Asia and the Pacific launched the Social Innovation Initiative on Anti-Corruption for Development to go beyond traditional approaches against corruption. The objective of the fund is to encourage innovative approaches against corruption that are grounded into wider development strategies. Also the fund will promote initiatives that engage a range of stakeholders, such as youth, women, civil society and local communities in order to change attitudes on the ground. Awardees will be announced during the Regional Dialogue on "Transparency, Accountability and Voices against Corruption - Accelerating Human Development in Asia-Pacific" on 13 June.
The Regional Dialogue on "Transparency, Accountability and Voices against Corruption will bring together over 70 participants from 27 countries in Bangkok on 12-13 June. The event will attract representatives from UNDP country offices in Asia-Pacific and headquarters, delegates from national anti-corruption agencies, as well as representatives from non-government organizations and development partners. The objective is to plan strategically governance and anti-corruption interventions in the region with a view to accelerating human development in the context of the post-2015 agenda. Ahead of the Regional Dialogue, a Knowledge Fair on 11 June will allow participants to showcase their transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption initiatives.