At the recent the World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, DC, Project Director Lester Salamon had an opportunity to introduce PtP’s potential for encouraging citizen involvement in anti-corruption efforts—a point which was highlighted as one of the “6 Takeaways From the World Bank Spring Meetings,” as excerpted below.
By Sophie Edwards // 19 April 2018
WASHINGTON — Representatives from the World Bank, business, technology companies, media, and law enforcement discussed ways in which they can work together to combat corruption during the Spring Meetings….
Wednesday’s session brought together a diverse range of actors from government, the private sector, media, and academia to discuss new ways and challenges to ending corruption.
[Among the “six key takeaways from the discussion” cited by Devex was this point raised by PtP Project Director Lester Salamon:]
6. New models for spending seized assets
“Citizens will not get serious about working on corruption unless they see a better result coming from the capture of corrupt assets than they are seeing now,” according to Lester Salamon, director of the Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University. “Currently, these assets are put back into government agencies and flow back into corruption,” he said during the question and answer session.
The PtP Program is calling for seized assets to be put into new [charitable] institutions dedicated to “the improvement of people’s lives and for the fight against corruption itself,” Salamon said, adding the approach has been piloted in Kazakhstan.
The full article is available here.
The World Bank has also made the video of the full session available online. Watch Dr. Salamon’s comments starting at 57:04 here.
For more on PtP’s work related to the return and re-use of stolen, stranded, and penalty-based assets, see: