Corruption, Transparency and Citizens’ Access to Information

Corruption Transparency


It would be hard to argue that corruption is not present everywhere you look. While there is not one commonly accepted definition of corruption, it can be summarised as the abuse of power with a benefit at the expense of others. There are different scales to it, different methods, and it can be witnessed in many different sectors. Indeed, the World Bank estimates that the equivalent of 1 trillion dollars is lost every year to corruption worldwide.

In the face of this phenomenon, civil society has attempted to step in to restore a level of transparency, enabling wider and more effective participation, accountability of public officials, and efficiency of governance. Organisations such as Transparency International have called for a new paradigm of global governance.

At the same time, for democracy to function effectively, it is essential that people have access to information in order to participate in the most effective way in matters that affect their everyday lives.

In this edition of the Resources for Democracy podcast we talk to Hubert Faustmann, Associate Professor of History and Political Science at the University of and Christophoros Christophorou, an in Expert in media, regulation, and elections, as we explore these three inter-related issues.

Supplementary Resources

Corruption Perceptions Index 2014

The Right of Access to Information in Cyprus

RTI Rating Data Analysis Series: Overview of Results and Trends

The State we are in

Transparency in Corporate Reporting

Welcome to Ukraine, the most corrupt nation in Europe

Let’s be clear: Concerns for EU in Transparency International corruption index – the network (vid)