Young Voices Speak Against Corruption
Think Brigade’s multimedia journalist Rajneesh Bhandari covered the 15th International Anti-corruption conference held in Brasilia, Brazil from Nov. 7-10 2012. In his second post he talks with youth participants to find out how youth are working to combat corruption.
Video: Members of Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network, GYAC, an international youth network fighting against corruption, share what corruption is like in their countries and what they are doing to fight against it.
She is animated but skeptical. And she is not alone.
Retha Dungga is one of the many youth activists who have gathered in Brasilia to participate in the anti-corruption conference.
“Most young people in Indonesia are not interested in the fight against corruption,” says the 31-year-old with thick eyeglasses and short hair. “They think it’s old people’s job.”
Like Dungga, most youth activists are energetic and passionate about participation of young people in civil society actitivies. But they are frustrated with the current state of affairs in their home countries and also globally.
Born in Jakarta she studied Anthropology at Udayana University, Bali. She worked for a Hard Rock Radio Bali, and now works as an anti-corruption activist.
She facilitated the development of SPEAK (Suara Pemuda Anti Korupsi, Anti Corruption Youth Voice), with Transparency International Indonesia. In this program, youth between the ages of 15 and 30 practice anti-corruption as a lifestyle. She is also a member of Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network, an international youth network fighting against corruption.
Many youth participants like Dungga said that they plan to implement what they learnt at the conference in their respective countries and contribute in the global campaign against corruption.
After returning home she plans to start a new program to monitor the funding of political parties during the forthcoming election next year.
Mary Jane Ncube, Executive Director of Transparency International Zimbabwe requests young people to get involved in this fight against corruption in her country.
“Young people aren’t interested in how the country is governed and how their leaders behave, until something happens to them. Being interested in governance doesn’t mean that you have to be a politician, it means you are a concerned citizen,” Nucube says.
At the end of the conference on Saturday, the Brasilia declaration was adopted and it was announced that the next conference will be held in Tunisia in two years.
The declaration calls on leaders everywhere to embrace not only transparency in public life but a culture of transparency leading to a participatory society in which leaders are accountable.
“We call on the anti-corruption movement to support and protect the activists, whistle-blowers and journalists who speak out against corruption, often at great risk,” the declaration reads.
Activists, leaders and youth participants have been busy attending various sessions, networking and planning.
Dungga said that one of the learning experiences in the conference was to know about corruption in sports. She says that this might interest youth back home.
“I am going to share this information to the youths in my country. For those who regard football as a religion, it might turn out to be the best way to attract them against the fight in the sports sector,” says Dungga.