The integrity of public officials has become a key issue in our society, a concern shared by every country. In addition to the ideal of integrity, many concepts are at stake, such as the fight against corruption, ethics, accountability, and the traceability of public decisions and of the use of public funds. In this regard, citizens’ expectations are increasingly high, and numerous institutions around the world are committed to pursuing these ideals.
Because all countries are affected by corruption and because certain phenomena extend beyond national borders, it is essential to take concrete action and to provide solutions at the international level toward the fight against corruption and breaches of integrity, and topromote good governance, transparency and open government.
Therefore, despite their various statuses and missions, several institutions have decided to unite to create the Network for Integrity. The Network aims to develop and promote an international culture of integrity in order to strengthen the trust that citizens place in their governments and public services.
The Network for Integrity is currently comprised of 13 institutions from 13 different countries on 4 continents. Despite their different legal traditions, these institutions all share common values and perform tasks related to transparency, ethics and integrity of public officials. They perform all their duties without receiving instructions from political powers and hold non-jurisdictional statuses.
To promote integrity, the Network has several objectives, including that of facilitating the exchange of information and of best practices among members. These exchanges are facilitated by the similarities in terms of goals and missions that exist between the different institutions.
Meetings and interactions also serve to help advance the fight against corruption and the promotion of integrity both within represented countries but also, and especially, on an international scale.
In this regard, the Network also offers the opportunity for better visibility and thus ensures a role of awareness and advocacy among civil society and international organizations. Members may, for example, decide to adopt a common position in the frameworks of in the activities of the Network and/or in working with other organizations.