Game Change: Citizens Against Corruption

Thursday, June 21st, 2013 

By Christina Crawley 

"Change will not take place with pressure from the outside world. It has to come from citizens within." - Pierre Landell-Mills

This was the resounding statement that Pierre Landell-Mills, co-founder of the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF), gave last week when he came by the OpenGov Hub for a special Brown-Brown Lunch (BBL) session to present his new book Citizens Against Corruption - Report from the Frontline.

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According to Pierre, "this book challenges the notion that, at best, civil society can only have a marginal impact on reducing corruption. Quite the opposite; it argues that civil society organizations (CSOs) have demonstrated again and again that their impact can be game-changing." In Pierre’s view, governments have often failed to support CSOs and this is something that has to change.

From students developing a code of ethics for university management in Cameroon, to the Citizens Action Platform that is launching in Uganda, Pierre outlined many real ways in which citizens can - and do - take action.

For the full details, give the new book a read! It is available at the World Bank bookstore or on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.