Corruption Prevention – Perpetual Effort

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) of Hong Kong was established in February 1974 and is considered one of the longest standing and best run integrity agencies globally.

It’s main aim upon establishment was to clean up endemic corruption in the many departments of the Hong Kong Government through law enforcement, prevention, and community education.

Recently the Audit Commission of Hong Kong undertook a review of the community education efforts of ICAC and it makes for interesting reading.

The report notes:

According to the ICAC, face-to-face contacts with different segments of the community and the general public is one of the most effective ways to get the anti-corruption messages across. However, Audit analysis of the Community Relations Department’s community activities in the five years from 2008 to 2012 revealed significant decreases in the numbers of organisations and people reached.

The relevance of this report is not so much in the change per se but understanding the reasons behind the reduced reach.

If that is then translated to an organisation, consideration needs to be given to first defining corruption prevention education reach and what are the levers by which one ups or downs the education spend?

How does your organisation determine whether its corruption prevention exercise is working?

It is a timely reminder that the education effort against corruption is perpetual and one for which there is no end point.

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