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The world’s greatest forum for civil society, goverments and the private sector working together to fight corruption.

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Sunday, December 4 • 12:30 - 14:30
Accountability in the Arab Region: New roles for Citizens, Civil society, Media, and the State

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Since 2011 collective interventions to enhance transparency and accountability and fight corruption have been adopted in the Arab countries to facilitate the transformation, realise social justice and achieve human sustainable development.   Intervention methods implemented in crisis-affected and post-crisis transition situations in the Arab region ranged from social networking and new media activism, to citizen participation in monitoring government performance at the national and local level.  Interventions have been focusing as well, on legislative transformation to encourage information disclosure and motivate governments to increase citizen participation in public affairs, including among others, drafting laws on access to information, financial disclosure, etc.   Despite the efforts thus far, progress achieved in the area of transparency, accountability and anti-corruption through methods dedicated for such interventions is uneven and unpersuasive, which can be seen in the global scores and ranking with respect to open government and the rule of law.   This is due to the prevailing fragile and crisis-affected and transitional environments and not having proper policies in place, in addition to the lack of understanding of stakeholder roles, and the lack of citizen trust in efforts to combat corruption.   It can be said that collective actions against corruption in the Arab region could not go beyond the country level and benefit from comparative relations.  

In this context, the workshop aims to present intervention methods so far adopted by a number of crisis-affected and post-crisis transition countries in the Arab region, namely, Palestine, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen, and stimulate open and solution-oriented discussions by regional and international stakeholders, experts and practitioners on collective interventions, related regional and international bottlenecks and challenges.  The workshop will assist participants to explore how efforts in such situations would properly support the formulation of country policies, in addition to identifying potential areas for further concrete collective actions and new partnership approaches that would crucially contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its sustainable development goals (SDGs).    The format of the workshop will consist of a moderated panel discussion that will go in line with the key questions, trying to answer them from the point of view of the participants. 





Moderators
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Anga Timilsina

Programme Manager, UNDP Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN)
Are winning or losing the battle against corruption? | | Anga Timilsina is the Programme Manager of the UNDP Global Anti-Corruption Initiative (GAIN) – the UNDP global initiative in response to the increasing demand for technical assistance in anti-corruption from more than 130 country offices and UNDP programming countries. Mr. Timilsina coordinates UNDP anti-corruption efforts at the global level including global advocacy and... Read More →

Speakers
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Sihem Bensedrine

President, Tunisian Truth and Dignity Commission
Sihem Bensedrine is a journalist and a human rights activist who fought for the freedom of the press and denounced torture and governmental corruption under the Ben Ali regime since the 1980s. After obtaining a degree in Philosophy from the University of Toulouse (France), Sihem Bensedrine started working as a journalist in Tunisia in 1980. In 1879, she joined the Tunisian Human Rights League (Ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l’Homme) and, in... Read More →
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Surayo Buzurukova

Team Leader Governance and Rule of Law, UNDP Sudan
Ms. Surayo Buzurukova is a Team Leader of Governance and Rule of Law Unit in the UNDP Sudan. Ms. Buzurukova brings over 20 years of professional development experience, covering issues related to institutional capacity development and reform, policy development and implementation, negotiation and management, democratic governance and rule of law, as well as profound knowledge of development issues in Russia, Middle East, Africa and Asia. During... Read More →
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Arwa Hassan

Programme Director, GIZ
Arwa Hassan holds degrees from Cambridge University in England (BA & MA) and Warwick University (MA). She is an international development specialist with almost 20 years spent focusing on the Middle East North Africa region. Ms. Hassan has worked closely with civil society organizations, the private sector and governments for many years. She was with the German Government Development Agency, GTZ for two years and was with Transparency... Read More →
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Najet Pacha

Senior Advisor, The National Anti Corruption Commission of Tunisia
Najet Pacha is a Senior Advisor to the National Anti Corruption Commission of Tunisia.  She is a member of the committee of the national anti-corruption strategy of Tunisia, and was involved in drafting a number of laws related to anti-corruption, including among others, the draft law on whistleblower protection.  Ms. Pacha is a former senior advisor to the Chief State Litigation Office.  Ms. Pacha holds a Master’s degree... Read More →
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Yaser Sawafta

Public Prosecutor, Anti Corruption Commission of Palestine
Yaser Sawfta is a Public Prosecutor at the Anti Corruption Commission, and has been involved in a number of investigations involving corruption.  Mr. Sawafta participated in several conferences and training courses on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism. He is involved in the initiatives of the Anti Corruption Commission in Palestine aimed at enhancing accountability at the national and local level. 

Session Coordinator
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Nancy Fashho

Specialist, UNDP
Nancy Fashho is a specialist for the Regional Programme at UNDP Regional Hub for RBAS, providing technical assistance in matters related to accountability, integrity and anti-corruption at both the country and regional levels.  Ms. Fashho is a lawyer and has 20 years of experience working on governance and democracy programmes with emphasis on rule of law, access to justice, integrity and accountability.  She worked as a consultant... Read More →

Rapporteur
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Nancy Fashho

Specialist, UNDP
Nancy Fashho is a specialist for the Regional Programme at UNDP Regional Hub for RBAS, providing technical assistance in matters related to accountability, integrity and anti-corruption at both the country and regional levels.  Ms. Fashho is a lawyer and has 20 years of experience working on governance and democracy programmes with emphasis on rule of law, access to justice, integrity and accountability.  She worked as a consultant... Read More →



Sunday December 4, 2016 12:30 - 14:30
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