Transparency International (TI) is a global movement present in 100+ countries working relentlessly towards a world that is just, transparent, and free from all forms of corruption. In just 23 years, TI has helped more than 200,000 people speak out against corruption and has helped save more than US$2 billion of public money. They make this happen by working closely with governments, businesses and citizens to stop the abuse of power, bribery, lack of transparency and secret deals.
Since 1993, TI has been campaigning against corruption at all levels and for greater transparency and accountability in governments and businesses. This year, TI is joining forces with people and organisations across the world to act against grand corruption.
Grand corruption is the abuse of high-level power that benefits the few at the expense of the many and causes serious and widespread harm to individuals and society. It often goes unpunished.
There is a strong and inescapable link between grand corruption and human rights. The abuse of high-level power by politicians and business people, often to pay for free access to luxury lifestyles, is responsible for over US$1 trillion stolen from public money - money that was meant to fund schools, hospitals, maintain law and order, improve basic services and create jobs.
We want to Unmask the Corrupt and make grand corruption recognized as an international crime. Grand corruption kills and produces many victims that today are not protected by law. This has to change.
To achieve this ambitious goal, TI needs you. Together with your help, TI will raise awareness of the crime of grand corruption and make decision makers change.
Unmask the Corrupt
With Unmask the Corrupt, a global campaign against grand corruption, Transparency International’s goal is to raise awareness about grand corruption and mobilise people everywhere to help stop the corrupt from getting away with it. The campaign reached more than 2 million people last year and, this year, TI has already surpassed 4.5 million people in phase one alone of this special public contest. Unmask the Corrupt has three phases:
The first phase of the campaign ‘NOMINATE’ invited the public to nominate the most symbolic cases of grand corruption. It ended on 30 November 2015.
The second phase ‘VOTE’ started on 09 December 2015, once TI reviewed and published the cases that best fit the contest nomination criteria. For two months, TI will invite the public to vote for the case that they believe is the most symbolic.
The third phase ‘TIME FOR JUSTICE’ will begin on 10 February, after the voting period is closed. TI will then invite the public to join them in designing and implementing social action campaigns to bring the chosen cases to global attention.
With the Unmask the Corrupt campaign contest, TI wants to raise awareness about grand corruption and convince people that it is indeed possible to stop the corrupt by engaging millions of people from around the world to take action (first, as voters of cases and then, as drivers of mass social action – e.g. protests, petitions, talking to decision-makers, community awareness events, peace marches, etc.- to help end grand corruption).