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Lecture Series: The Role of Parliaments in Curbing Corruption

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The Role of Parliaments in Curbing Corruption

McGill University's School of Continuing Studies is pleased to offer a free three-lecture online learning event discussing the key role played by parliaments and constraints they face in curbing corruption. The lecture series, based on the book “ Anti-Corruption Evidence: The Role of National Parliaments in Curbing Corruption,” includes a review of case studies from 6 parliaments in six countries in the Caribbean, East Africa and West Africa, focusing on how effective those parliaments are in overseeing governments and in curbing corruption. Key constraints will be presented, and lessons learned discussed.

Schedule

Session 1: INTRODUCTION AND THE CARIBBEAN

Date: Thursday February 18 at 2:00 p.m. GMT/9:00 a.m. EST
Topics
  • Introduction and Overview
  • Parliamentary Oversight and Corruption in the Caribbean: Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada Compared
Speakers
  • Anthony Staddon, Lecturer at McGill University and Independent Consultant
  • Rick Stapenhurst, Assistant Professor at McGill University

Panelist: Alice French, International Monetary Fund

Session 2: WEST AFRICA

Date: Thursday February 25 at 2:00 p.m. GMT/9:00 a.m. EST
Topics
  • Weakening Parliamentary Oversight, Increasing Corruption: Ghana
  • Nigeria’s National Assembly Seen as Part of the Problem
Speakers
  • Rasheed Draman, Lecturer at McGill University and CEO African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs
  • Anthony Staddon, Lecturer at McGill University and Independent Consultant

Panelist: Deji Olaore, World Bank Consultant

Session 3: EAST AFRICA

Date: Thursday March 4 at 2:00 p.m. GMT/9:00 a.m. EST
Topics
  • The Ugandan Parliament: Greater Interaction Between MPs and Civil Society Is Needed
  • External Oversight Agencies Need Protecting: The Role of the Tanzanian Parliament
Speakers
  • Rasheed Draman, Lecturer at McGill University and CEO African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs
  • Agnes Titriku, Program Manager, African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs

Panelist: Buchere Phillip Brightone, Director, The Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training (Kenya)


Attend All 3 Sessions and Get the Book Free!

Attend all 3 sessions and receive a McGill University Attestation of Participation and a copy of the book, Anti-Corruption Evidence: The Role of National Parliaments in Curbing Corruption.

Anti-Corruption Evidence book cover

This book discusses parliamentary oversight and its role in curbing corruption in developing countries. Over the past decade, a growing body of research at the global and regional levels has demonstrated that parliamentary oversight is an important determinant of corruption and that effective oversight of public expenditure is an essential component of national anti-corruption strategies and programs. However, little research has been undertaken at the country level regarding how parliamentary oversight is undertaken, which oversight mechanisms are effective or on how national parliaments interact with other anti-corruption stakeholders. This book presents the results of a new large-scale, quantitative analysis which identifies the mechanisms through which institutional arrangements impact corruption, specifically through country case studies on the Caribbean region, Ghana, Myanmar, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. Addressing a gap in scholarly knowledge while presenting practical policy advice for parliaments and for anti-corruption assistance agencies, this book will be of use to scholars interested in development, anti-corruption, public finance, as well as members of parliament, anti-corruption practitioners, and organizations working in parliamentary strengthening.


Speakers

Dr. Rasheed Draman

Dr. Draman has been actively engaged in Institutional, Parliamentary, Public Financial Management, Evaluation and Governance issues for the past twenty years. Dr. Draman has carried out pioneering work with more than 30 African Parliaments and a total 50 Parliaments around the world. He is President and CEO of the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs and led many of projects working with Parliaments, Civil Society and other key change actors, particularly in Africa and Asia. Dr. Draman has also conducted needs assessments of a number of Parliaments around the world, helped a number of African Parliaments in their Strategic Planning; designed and delivered training to MPs and staff in the budget process; designed and delivered a number of training seminars for MPs on financial oversight, oversight of the extractives sector and evidence informed policy making.


Dr. Rick Stapenhurst

Dr. Rick Stapenhurst is an Assistant Professor at McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies and a Professeur Associe at University Laval. He has written extensively on issues related to anti-corruption and parliamentary strengthening; recent publications include Benchmarks for Democratic Parliaments (with Mitchell O'Brien and Lisa von Trapp), Following the Money: Comparing Parliamentary Public Accounts Committees (with Riccardo Pelizzo and Kerry Jacobs) and Parliamentary Communication (with Gurprit Kindra). He was the Principal Investigator for the British Academy project Anti-Corruption Evidence: The Role of National Parliaments in Curbing Corruption He has a PhD from Australian National University.


Agnes Titriku

Agnes Titriku is the Program Manager for the African Centre for Parliamentary Affairs (ACEPA), where she plays an active role in the design and implementation of programs and interventions for Parliaments within and without the African continent. She also coordinates the activities of the West African Association of Public Accounts Committees (WAAPAC), whose secretariat is currently hosted by ACEPA. She has eight years’ experience of active engagement in the field of Parliamentary Democracy and Governance. Prior to working at ACEPA, she has worked with the Canadian Parliamentary Centre, where she provided research and programmatic support to a number of parliamentary strengthening projects that were being implemented by the Centre.


Anthony Staddon

Educated at Southampton and Newcastle Universities, Anthony has worked with a number of legislatures, particularly from across the Commonwealth. He joined the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in December 1999 as an Assistant Director. Between June 2002 and December 2006, Anthony headed the Secretary-General’s office working closely with the then Secretary-General of the CPA, Hon. Denis Marshall, a former Minister in New Zealand. He has also acted as a consultant for a number of international organizations including the World Bank, the European Union, UNDP, the National Democratic Institute, as well as the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Anthony is a former lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster in London and currently teachies Current Trends in Parliamentary Administration and Public Financial Management courses at McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies in Montreal, Canada.


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