Background

 
 

Integrity Initiatives International ("III") was formed in 2016 to combat grand corruption, also known as "kleptocracy" - the abuse of public office for private gain by a nation's leaders. The mission of III is to strengthen the enforcement of criminal laws to punish and deter leaders who are corrupt and regularly violate human rights, and also to create opportunities for the democratic process to replace them with leaders dedicated to serving their citizens rather than enriching themselves.

III has worked with officials in Ukraine, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank to advise on the training of judges for Ukraine’s High Anti-Corruption Court as well as collaborated with politicians and activists in Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Nigeria, Argentina, Italy, Norway, England, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and other countries to support national anti-corruption initiatives and create a network of youth activists to help campaign for the International Anti-Corruption Court (IACC). For more information on III’s work to establish the IACC, click here.

III, together with faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, launched an unprecedented program on Corruption and Human Rights. III received a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy in 2018.

In addition to advocating for the creation of the International Anti-Corruption Court, III’s goals in 2019 include:

  • Expanding the coalition of countries and NGOs to support Colombia’s call on the United Nations to create the IACC and preparing for the 2021 Special Session of the United Nations to address it;

  • Advancing the cause of the IACC at the United Nations Anti-Corruption Expert Group Meeting;

  • Creating a panel of international experts to monitor the performance of Ukraine’s High Anti-Corruption Court;

  • Working with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the Harvard Shorenstein Center, and the University of Southern California Annenberg School to strengthen the synergies between investigative journalists and prosecutors;

  • Launching a major new academic anti-corruption program at Technológico de Monterrey in Mexico; and

  • Partnering with the Harvard Carr Center, the Oxford Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, and others on programs concerning corruption and human rights.