Thursday, June 21st, 2013
"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.
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.