|FAQs About Corruption|
What is corruption?
Transparency International (TI) defines corruption as “the misuse of entrusted power for private gain”. In other terms, it is when there is no transparency, no law that emphasizes public access to information, hence allowing decision makers to act without being held accountable.
How can corruption be measured?
Corruption can be measured through many tools.
TI has established an annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) in view of measuring corruption and ranking the countries depending of their score. The CPI aims at giving a general classification of corruption in countries using expert assessments and opinion surveys. Today, more than 150 countries are ranked by the CPI.
The World Bank on the other hand uses the six following indicators to measure corruption:
How does corruption affect your life?
Corruption affects each and every one of our lives; in some cases, it might even cost our lives. It endangers our everyday being, it destroys the country’s economy – hence it reduces the citizens’ personal wealth – and it does not contribute to the renewal of the political system – thus removing citizens’ trust in their own nation.
What are the costs of corruption on your society?
Corruption has a four-fold cost:
· On the political level: it constitutes a major barrier to democracy, hindering the emergence of a more responsible political system. The rule of law must be strengthened, and the state needs to be invested in so as to increase its authority and credibility and thus helping to reduce corruption.
· On the economic level: high levels of corruption ultimately lead to lower levels of foreign investment. Therefore, it limits the country’s development and reduces national wealth; leaving large segments of the population trapped in misery and poverty.
· On the social level: corruption traps citizens in a vicious cycle where bribery becomes the norm and accepting it becomes a way of life. Corruption therefore undermines people’s trust in the state and the political system, as well as its institutions and leadership.
· On the environmental level: there are no laws and regulations to control the impact of any projects on the environment. As a result, projects that have a negative impact on the environment have been able to proceed; despite the fact that they may be detrimental to the nation at large and ultimately serve the interests of the few individuals who are behind it.
> On February 28, LTA in cooperation with Nokta Fasle Association celebrated the opening of its new Lebanese Advocacy and Legal Advice Center (LALAC) for victims and witnesses of corruption at a kick-off event in Nabatieh. Press Release
> LTA organized an outreach session in Tripoli to inform residents about LALAC's free services for Corruption victims and witnesses. Press Release
> LTA expands services to victims and witnesses of corruption: Launches two new Lebanese Advocacy and Legal Advice Centers in Bekaa and Nabatieh, in addition to Beirut office. Press Release
> Corruption Perception Index 2013: Lebanon ranked 127 out of 177, marking a decrease in the level of integrity compared to the last year. Press Release
> LTA accepts applications for "Internal Controller" Position. Terms of Reference
> Within the framework of the “Lebanese Advocacy and Legal Advice Center” program, LTA accepts applications for Project Coordinator. Terms of Reference
> On November 11, 2013 LTA organized a workshop addressing "Fighting Bribery" in the Beirut Bar Association premises in Beirut. Press Release
> Within the framework of "Corruption Investigator" project, LTA is looking for a Senior Journalist. Terms of Reference
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> On July 15, LTA organized the Closing Ceremony of the "Youth Partnership in Municipalities for the Improvement of Local Governance- Musharaka" in Beirut. Press Release
> LTA announce the results of the Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) 2013; the only worldwide public opinion survey on views and experiences of corruption. Press Release
> On February 6th, LTA and Transparency International -UK Chapter- have jointly hosted the launch of "the Middle East and North Africa Report of the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index". Press Release Media Coverage
> Le Commerce du Levant Magazine in cooperation with LTA has published a special issue denouncing corruption in Lebanon. Article Brief
> LTA organized the Anti- Corruption Day entitled: “Anti Corruption Day: Lebanese status and the necessary reform steps” on December 09, 2012 under the high patronage of his Excellency the President of the Republic of Lebanon, General Michel SLEIMAN. Press Release
> On November 28, the Lebanese Transparency Association held its annual General Assembly and elect a new board of Directors. Press release
> Access to Information Survey Report. The Report