I was a peer reviewer for the Global Integrity report 2010-2011. I was then asked to be a ‘publicity partner’ which means I disseminate the report to the media, bring out policy documents, promote the report through my networks, blogs etc. I was happy to do so and agreed.
Subsequently (and after reading the article by Arundhati Roy – Capitalism, a Ghost story), I went onto the website of the Global Integrity report and realized that they were funded by World Bank. Once I discovered that, I realized that many other things fell into place.
The Mission of this body is “Global Integrity champions transparent and accountable government around the world by producing innovative research and technologies that inform, connect, and empower civic, private, and public reformers seeking more open societies.Striving to ensure more transparent and accountable government for all citizens, regardless of state, region, or country, is at the crux of everything we do.”
This body, funded by the World Bank, holds governments across the world accountable??? The World Bank is one of the must unscrupulous and corrupt agencies with total lack of conscience and accountability. This body holds MY GOVERNMENT accountable? Accountable to whom? To them?
I have written to them as below.
I had written to you two days earlier offering to be a publicity partner for the Global Integrity report. Subsequently, I went onto the website and checked out the funders. I was shocked and dismayed to see that the World Bank was one of the, and quite possibly the largest, funders
Dear ********, I am sure you are well aware that the World Bank policies are being criticized the world over for being anti people. The strategies of this agency have been clearly targeted at undermining and destabilizing local governments, prominently using catch phrases like ‘accountability’, ‘governance’ and ‘transparency’. However, these same three qualities are least demonstrated by the World bank and its associated partners.
The World bank (deleted Global Integrity report), as I am sure you are well aware, has the primary intention of showing governments, especially those that offer benefits by being taken over, in a poor light. The solution to this ‘evidence’ of poor government functioning, would then necessarily be a take over of essential services and goods in developing countries by the muscle men and women of developed countries. The report will not take into consideration the total lack of accountability in the corporate and private sector and how that influences ‘global integrity’. This approach is self-serving and blatantly unfair.
In this context, I think there has been a failure of the Global Integrity team to disclose conflict of interest. The use of a third service provider such as Indaba to collect national data and information would therefore qualify as ‘intent to conceal’.