Corruption impacts citizens in their everyday life, siphoning resources needed for public goods like infrastructure and health systems, inhibiting small business and economic prospects. In short, corruption erases hopes for equal opportunities and fair future, standing in the way of realising the global aspirations contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This, in turn, makes it all the harder to cope with the unparalleled impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising inequalities. People and communities living in already vulnerable conditions suffer the most. Everyone in our societies – from business leaders to activists to government reformers – has a role to play in advancing greater social justice.
What are the major corruption challenges blocking the road for the future we imagined at the beginning of the new millennium? How are citizens driving innovation? Where can grassroots action drive momentum in the global fight? How can we energise existing partnerships to confront corruption as an impediment to pandemic recovery, quality infrastructure, climate progress, etc.?