International Day for the Fight against Corruption: We need comprehensive public policies

Corruption negatively impacts the quality of our democracy and affects the validity of human rights, particularly those groups and communities that are most vulnerable. By reducing the quantity and quality of public resources available, the economic, social and cultural rights of the population are especially undermined.

Regarding the fight against corruption, our country still has numerous reforms pending. Among them, we can mention as unavoidable points the modification of the law of public ethics, the sanction of a new system of purchases and contracts of the State, implement policies of transparency in the financing of the policy, improve the control organisms, implement policies of transparency in markets and financial flows. It is also necessary to institutionalize spaces for citizen participation, not only in the fight against corruption, but to guarantee a more inclusive democracy.

On International Anti-Corruption Day, civil society organizations highlight that in order to successfully prevent, detect and punish corruption, comprehensive public policies are needed, aimed at different sectors of the State and private actors. For that, it is necessary to generate broad and robust consensus among the various social actors. In this sense, the Social Anti-Corruption Agreement, prepared by a diverse group of organizations and specialists, aims to draw up a roadmap of public policies that should be implemented to build a country with less corruption and, therefore, more just and egalitarian.

The document can be accessed at www.acuerdoanticorrupcion.org.


Nina Sibilla, ninasibilla@fundeps.org