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Germany: Transparency International celebrates 20 years of fighting corruption01:29

Germany: Transparency International celebrates 20 years of fighting corruption

Germany, Berlin
November 8, 2013 at 11:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: Transparency International celebrates 20 years of fighting corruption

The 20th anniversary of Transparency International got underway in Berlin on Friday. The ceremony began at 9am CET, with Hugette Labelle, Chair of the Board of Transparency International, opening proceedings. Vice President for World Bank Integrity Leonard McCarthy and Founder of Transparency International Peter Eigen also spoke during the opening ceremony.

Labelle argued that corruption is a "major barrier to sound and equitable development" that "diverts resources from the poor to the rich," while McCarthy pointed out that "six out of ten" say corruption is the factor holding their countries back most." According to Eigen, organisations like Transparency International are pivotal in building "cooperation between companies, civil society, and governments."

Transparency International was formed in 1993 and today operates in over 100 countries. The one day conference in Berlin, which celebrates 20 years of work by the organisation, covers topics considered integral to the eradication of corruption. These include transparency, civil society's impact on legislation, the problem of impunity, and the fight against poverty and sustainability.

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Germany: Transparency International celebrates 20 years of fighting corruption

The 20th anniversary of Transparency International got underway in Berlin on Friday. The ceremony began at 9am CET, with Hugette Labelle, Chair of the Board of Transparency International, opening proceedings. Vice President for World Bank Integrity Leonard McCarthy and Founder of Transparency International Peter Eigen also spoke during the opening ceremony.

Labelle argued that corruption is a "major barrier to sound and equitable development" that "diverts resources from the poor to the rich," while McCarthy pointed out that "six out of ten" say corruption is the factor holding their countries back most." According to Eigen, organisations like Transparency International are pivotal in building "cooperation between companies, civil society, and governments."

Transparency International was formed in 1993 and today operates in over 100 countries. The one day conference in Berlin, which celebrates 20 years of work by the organisation, covers topics considered integral to the eradication of corruption. These include transparency, civil society's impact on legislation, the problem of impunity, and the fight against poverty and sustainability.