Constituent Mitigations

7.1 Formulating political strategies

Civil society organisations – from those with expertise on a specific country to those with subject-matter expertise on corruption and governance – can be important allies in formulating strategies and designing anti-corruption approaches. While most will maintain their independence and credibility and therefore stay at arms’ length from armed forces, their take on the most important challenges facing the host nation are likely to be useful and well-informed. Similarly, those with experience in anti-corruption and governance can be excellent sources of expertise and advice, and can inform and invigorate anti-corruption approaches.  CSOs are also likely to be the backbone of many collective action strategies against corruption, building partnerships with integrity-focused organisations, businesses, and government officials.


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Civil society and CICIG

The Guatemalan International Commission against Impunity (CICIG), responsible for high-level prosecutions of those accused of corruption and human rights abuses during the civil war of 1960-1996, was instituted at the request of Guatemalan civil society. Along with the media, Guatemalan CSOs have played a key role in maintaining support for CICIG as it investigated and prosecuted prominent officials.

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Anti-money laundering strategy in Brazil

In Brazil, an informal interagency group coordinating the National Strategy for Combating Money Laundering and Corruption (ENCCLA) lost steam due to leadership changes, following a very successful few years. In order to revitalise the group and inform its strategy, its meetings were opened to representatives of civil society organisations.

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Case Study: Corruption and Plan Colombia: The Missing Link

The Colombian Army's DANTE programme

The Colombian Army’s DANTE programme, intended to promote transparency and coordinate institutional risk assessments and anti-corruption policies, also serves as a point of contact for CSOs. As part of increasing accountability in the Colombian defence sector, the armed forces and the MOD have considered integrity pacts for procurement – which would involve CSOs in monitoring procurement decisions – and cooperated with CSOs on integrity-related initiatives.

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