Supported by the World Bank Institute (WBI), the Voice Against Corruption Program facilitates the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network (GYAC), a network of young leaders, journalists, artists, and experts in information and communication technologies (ICT) from civil society all over the world who work to improve transparency and social accountability for better governance. GYAC provides a platform for its members to share knowledge and experience, so they can learn from each other. It also provides its members support for capacity and knowledge building in various governance areas, and on using ICT tools so that the youth will be enabled to drive reform processes and contribute to positive changes in their respective countries and regions.
GYAC supports its members by:
Since its launch in 2010, GYAC counts over 60 member NGOs from over 45 countries, and over 1,500 members on its web platform, http://www.voices-against-corruption.org/, with more joining every day. In addition, GYAC’s global music program, Fair Play, sponsored jointly with Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI), has involved over 130 bands from 45 countries and produced hundreds of music videos, all of which can be viewed at www.anticorruptionmusic.org.
In partnership with the British Council Global Changemakers, GYAC started the Community Action Project mini-grants (WBI CAP) worth up to US$ 3,000 in June 2010. To date, the competitively distributed grants have successfully supported 12 projects from different regions and focusing on various sectors relating to corruption – all using ICT to leverage youth involvement and outreach. Check out the Case Studies on the WBI CAPs here www.voices-against-corruption.ning.com/page/voices-case-studies.
Fair Playis a global anti-corruption music competition that inspires original music videos on social and corruption issues, inviting the musicians, or “artivists,” to submit their songs. It has contributed to the global fight against corruption by engaging artists from over 50 countries as ambassadors for the anti-corruption movement, presenting Fair Play Live concerts in Brussels (2010), Nairobi (2011), and for this year’s edition of the Fair Play competition, in Brasília (2012) to close the high level 15th IACC. Fair Play’s musicians have engaged their communities in the fight against corruption, giving a voice to their daily struggles, and delivering a global call to action to governments, businesses, and civil society alike to come together in tackling corruption.
The Regional and Global Voices Against Corruption Forums have built upon the achievements of the Network over time at the national, regional, and global levels. These events have brought the members of the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network together for crucial face-to-face, allowing them to inspire the anti-corruption work they carry out year-round by sharing knowledge, experiences, ideas on their work, as well as developing innovative tools and approaches to deepen their impact on governance reform processes in their countries. The Forums have also allowed members to implement a collaboratively designed operating structure for the Network through the official GYAC Charter, which maps out specific governing bodies, communication channels, and more fluid operating processes and functions. As a result of these accomplishments since 2010, GYAC has become one of the fastest growing networks supported by the World Bank Group with currently 1,500 members in its online platform, from more than 60 CSOs in over 45 countries, and rapidly growing.
The 3rd Global Voices Against Corruption Forumwill convene more than 100 young leaders, journalists, ICT and social media experts, and musicians who are fighting corruption. The Forum will provide training on capacity development, using ICT for good governance, project management, fundraising, presentation skills, and Social Accountability. A key focus of this year’s forum will be the development of a business model to sustain the network as an autonomous, strong, independent entity, along with the strengthening of it’s foundations, and the institutional ties with partners such as the IACC, British Council ChangeMakers, and more. Forum speakers will include young leaders, members of the network, who implement in-country projects, Vinicius Wu of Rio Grande do Sul’s Digital Cabinet, and Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President at the World Bank Institute.
The IACC is the world premier forum that brings together heads of state, civil society, the private sector and more to tackle the increasingly sophisticated challenges posed by corruption. The IACC takes place every two years in a different region of the world, and attracts up to 1500 participants from over 135 countries. The conference serves as the premier global forum for the networking and cross-fertilisation that are indispensable for effective advocacy and action, on a global and national level.
The IACC draws attention to corruption by raising awareness and stimulating debate. It fosters the global exchange of experience and methodologies in controlling corruption. The conference promotes international cooperation among agencies and citizens from all parts of the world, helping to develop personal relationships by providing the opportunity for face-to-face dialogue and direct liaison between representatives from the agencies and organizations taking part.
In 2012, the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network is co-sponsoring the 15th IACC as an official partner and supporter. Coming from the 14th IACC where it was agreed that all sectors of society should be engaged and mobilized in the fight against corruption, this year’s IACC will be the first that will have a special focus on the youth and use music as a means of fighting corruption. GYAC members will deliver two workshops and a special youth plenary at the conference, where 3,000 participants are expected. The Network, through WBI, is also working with Jeunesses Musicales International Foundation (JMIF) for a concert on the last day of the conference, with the winning bands of the Network-sponsored global Fair Play anti-corruption music competition, the music arm of the program. Fair Play has produced over 200 unique songs and music videos that disseminate strong anti-corruption messages in languages and music styles from around the World through its competitions, and this year’s winners are Youssra El Hawary from Egypt, SIMPONI from Indonesia, and S3 from the DRC.