TE Hold Annual General Assembly Meeting

On the 10th of May 2008, Transparency Ethiopia (TE) held a half day Annual Regular General Assembly Meeting (GAM). In the meeting held at Ghion Hotel, members discussed on three agendas. These were annual performance report, the 2007 audit report and draft membership development policy of the organization.

After having discussed the two reports thoroughly, the meeting has come to terms with the points raised and approved both reports. Similar discussions undergone about the membership development policy and approved by acclamation with some corrections.

Due to the repeatedly reported corruption scandals and the seemingly deteriorating ethical values in Ethiopia, the General Assembly has passed resolutions that to be announced to key government and non-government organizations and other stakeholders.

Global Corruption Report Launched

The Global Corruption Report (GCR) 2008 launched across the globe on 25th of June 2008 with the theme “Corruption in the water sector.’ The central message of the report is put as “Urgent action is needed to mobilize all stakeholders to develop practical ways of tackling corrupt practices in the many and varied parts of water sector.” In addition to the water corruption, the report also discloses the 2007 edition of corruption perception index that ranked about 180 countries. The Corruption Perception Index (CPI), which reflects levels of corruption in the public sector as perceived by business people, country analysts and ordinary citizens points out alarming levels of corruption in the majority of countries covered by the index. These include many of the world’s poorest nations including Ethiopia.

TE conducting training at mekele university

TE has conducted a day-long meeting among students of Mekele University in April 1st, 2017.

the training is entitled" corruption and anti-corruption movement in Ethiopia"

this training is funded by European union civil society fund II.

on this training TE's project coordinator, Ato Selfago Fuse indicated

that students are the coming generation who take over the power of the nation.

so, he said the youth should be ethical,  free of corruption mind and should join

the struggle to fight corruption.

he briefly discusses cause,  forms, types and cause of corruption.

Finally, the student agrees to join the struggle and to cascade training

to their fellow friends and club members.

TE Held Training at Adama Science and Technology University

TE Held Training at Adama Science and Technology University

Transparency Ethiopia held one day training entitled “Corruption and anti- Corruption Movement in Ethiopia at Adama Science and Technology University Hall on the 2nd of March 2017. The day long training has been attended by 48 students drawn from all colleges of the University. Key note speaker invited from Adama Science and Technology University. The speaker focused on the importance of developing ethical people to fight corruption. Ato Kibreab Abera Transparency Ethiopia executive director give presentation on the above mentioned title. In the first part of his presentation he introduced Transparency International, Transparency Ethiopia and their contribution towards good governance and their role in the fight against corruption internationally and locally respectively. In the second part of his types of corruption, forms of corruption and causes and effects of corruption were discussed briefly.

Following the presentations, student raised questions, their views and concern on the presentation and express their commitment to fight against corruption.

What are the effects of corruption?

The effect of corruption has many dimensions related to political, economic, social and environmental effects. In political sphere, corruption impedes democracy and the rule of law. In a democratic system, public institutions and offices may lose their legitimacy when they misuse their power for private interest. Corruption may also result in negative consequences such as encoring cynicism and reducing interest of political participation , political instability , reducing political competition, reducing the transparency of political decision making, distorting political development and sustaining political activity based on patronage, clientelism and money, etc.

In our society, the impact of corruption is often manifested through political intolerance, problems of accountability and transparency to the public, low level of democratic culture, principles of consultation and participation dialogue among others.

The economic effects of corruption can be categorized as minor and major. However, both in one way or the other have serious impact on the individual community and country. First and foremost, corruption leads to the depletion of national wealth. It is often responsible for increased costs of goods and services, the funneling of scarce public resources to uneconomic high profile projects at the expense of the much needed projects such as schools, hospitals and roads, or the supply of potable water, diversion and misallocation of resources, conversion of public wealth to private and personal property, inflation, imbalanced economic development, weakling work ethics and professionalism, hindrance of the development of fair in market structures and unhealthy competition there by deterring competition. Large scale corruption hurts the economy and impoverishes entire population.

In Social sphere, corruption discourages people to work together for the common good. Frustration and general apathy among the public result in a weak civil society. Demanding and paying bribes becomes the tradition. It also results in social inequality and widened gap between the rich and poor, civil strive, increased poverty and lack of basic needs like food, water and drugs, jealousy and hatred and insecurity.

Closer home, corruption is said to have been factors for the down fall of past regimes byway of undermining the legitimacy of the governments and weakening their structures, reducing productivity, hindering development, worsening poverty, marginalizing the poor, creating social unrest and then to their downfall.