Kleptocracy and corruption undermine democracy. Bolstering the capacity of journalists and civil society to respond must be a priority.
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President Joe Biden’s Summit for Democracy highlighted the fundamental role of civil society and investigative journalists in tackling corrupt ecosystems and pressing for reform. This is particularly relevant in countries where the state or members of the political elite are complicit in corrupt activities. Empowering non-governmental actors is a critical element of the global effort to reverse the impunity felt by those that profit from corruption and kleptocracy. While more action is certainly needed by policymakers in London and Washington, restricting kleptocracy in the ‘first mile’, at its source, must also be prioritised.
About the speakers
The panellists share their insights and experience from East Africa, and consider the measures needed to strengthen local responses and to curb global corruption and kleptocracy:
- John Githongo, Investigative journalist
- Sheila Masinde, Director at Transparency International Kenya
- John-Allan Namu, Investigative journalist, Africa Uncensored
The panel discussion is chaired by Maria Sofia Reiser of RUSI’s CFCS.
Maria Sofia Reiser
External Author | Former RUSI Research Analyst
Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies