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In Diakonia's main strategy to fight corruption, we work through the perspective of long term development cooperation. That's why we support our partner organizations many years, as change takes time. Photo: TBC

Diakonia’s work against corruption

Diakonia has six principal strategies for combating corruption. The work is carried out within our own operations, with our partner organizations and in the countries in which we work. In addition, we work at the global level to promote policies and economics that benefit the poor.

9/27/2013 Publisher: Krister Adolfsson

1. Long-term support for civil society’s work on democracy and citizenship:

Diakonia provides long-term support to organizations in civil society that are working for empowered and actively participative citizenship, so that people gain knowledge about their rights and obligations; the right and opportunity to organize, participate in and influence their communities, and the right to demand accountability.

Work on the rights and opportunities of discriminated groups to participate in the political process is particularly urgent. Transparency and access to information are fundamental to this work.

2. Transparency and the demand for accountability within civil society:

Organizations that scrutinise those in power must be credible. Work on codes of conduct is a vital instrument for ensuring that organizations work from the persepctive of the poor and that they live up to the rights perspective.

Diakonia has clear agreements with its partners and works continuously on building the institutional capacity of these organizations. In the event of mismanagement or misappropriation of funds, there are clear guidelines in place on how we should act.

3. Strategies for tackling global problems associated with corruption, misappropriation of funds and draining of resources for fighting poverty:

Many issues surrounding corruption cannot be resolved within the framework of domestic policy in poorer countries. All too seldom is there any discussion about why and how corruption arises. Since many poorer countries lack capacity in their administrations and have weak legal systems, civil society has an important role to play in scrutinising the investments made.

Increased transparency and increased domestic income, through improved global and national financial regulation, constitutes a strong contribution to anti-corruption and sustainable development.

4. Collaboration between different players working for transparency and demanding accountability:

Corruption can only be combated effectively if there is effective coordination between the different actors. Sweden is in a unique position in terms of transparency and opportunities to demand accountability, and thus should be able to play a unique role in this context.

5. A consensus-based Swedish policy must cover all policy areas:

Measures against corruption and misappropriation of funds must apply to all areas of policy, not least to the issue of arms deals, where the Swedish government is active through activities via embassies, export credit guarantees, and loans from the Swedish Export Credit Corporation, for example. For Sweden’s anti-corruption policy to be credible, it must be coherent.

6. Rules for responsible lending:

The current rules governing how lending to poor countries is to be structured contain a number of flaws. The focus within current international lending frameworks has primarily been on avoiding new unsustainable debts in developing countries; while developmental effects, such as the development of democracy, fighting poverty and human rights have not been taken into consideration to the same degree.

Even if improvements have been made to the rules in terms of achieving more responsible lending, additional action can be taken to ensure that Swedish export credit guarantees are provided in accordance with the Swedish Policy for Global Development’s (PGU) goals of promoting human rights, transparency and the development of democracy.

Work against corruption within Diakonia

Diakonia has clear procedures in place for how to investigate suspicions of corruption within its own and partner organizations activities. In cases where there is suspicion of a crime we report to the police.

There are also several different channels for those who wish to report suspected corruption , for example, through the complaints and response mechanism.