18.08.2015

Transparency at global level

Corruption risks and anti-corruption strategies topped the agenda of a workshop that took place from 25 to 27 May in Manila in the Philippines. It was organised by the Asian Development Bank and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre. The approximately 60 participants from Bhutan and the Philippines had discussions with representatives of international and national organisations on effective anti-corruption measures as well as on securing transparent climate financing. In this context, the Philippines served as an example to illustrate existing measures for reducing corruption in climate financing and managing natural resources. The workshop was supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of Germany's Federal Environment Ministry (BMUB).

There were also events on the topic of transparency in climate policy at the mid-year negotiations of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn from 1 to 11 June. At the IKI-supported podium discussion 'Environmental and Social Accountability for Results-based Finance', for example, experts from various sectors and countries spoke about their experiences in anti-corruption work. Representatives of Transparency International (TI) Bangladesh took part in the workshop as recognised experts and panellists. TI supports Philippine actors from civil society, the government and the private sector in determining existing corruption risks and introducing and implementing corresponding anti-corruption measures.

All these events are part of the IKI project on 'Strengthening Transparency, Accountability, Anticorruption and Public Oversight in Climate Finance Governance'. The BMUB is supporting the project by providing around EUR 2.4 million in funding. The aim is to reduce corruption in climate financing in developing countries. Corruption not only erodes trust, which forms the basis of international climate financing, but also has negative effects such as allowing the continued unsustainable use of natural resources and the degradation of essential ecosystems. Actors from civil society, the government and the private sector will be supported in taking on a more active role in climate financing policy through training, workshops and an online platform. In addition to active measures to combat corruption, the incorporation of the local population is essential for the effectiveness of projects.

The BMUB's International Climate Initiative promotes projects in developing countries and emerging economies with a total support volume of currently EUR 1.3 billion. Transparency and accountability are significant criteria in this support.