Global Integrity Day
9 June 2021
Corruption and Poverty

2.6 trillion dollars (WEF)--1.3 billion people (UNDP)--see below!

Moral Lives Matter

Be the people we need--Build the world we need

Save the date! 21 August 2021
Anti-Corruption: Perspectives and Practices (9am–11am, New York Time)
Integrity and Anti-Corruption Network, Lausanne-WEA.

Update: You can access the five presentations (video and written)

as well as sign up for the upcoming Virtual Cafes to interact on

Corruption and Culture, Government, Business, and Church.

Click HERE

9 June 2021, 10am EST (one hour event).
Special spotlight event for Global Integrity Day (GID)
Courage against corruption during COVID-19
Organized by the Faith and Public Integrity Network
Featuring the work of the
Association for a More Just Society
Access the videos/audios and two power points

Global Integrity Day

Wellbeing for all People and the Planet
We are pro-integrity and anti-corruption

Global Integrity Day, launched on 9 June 2020, is a positive day to reflect, teach, and collaborate on ways to integrate integrity in all we do throughout the entire year.

Global Integrity Day is a strategic day to promote a) cultivating lifestyles of integrity from the individual through the international levels; b) joining together to address the causes and consequences of corruption in its many forms; and c) working towards just and equitable societies marked with wellbeing for all people and for the planet.

Global Integrity Day is a solemn day to consider our ways: if we are lying and/or stealing in any way big or small, then we need to stop it. If we need to right a wrong we have done, then do so. If we need to prudently confront wrongdoing, preferably in solidarity with colleagues for mutual support and greater impact, then do so.

Global Integrity Day is a companion day to complement UN International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December (and vice versa). Both Days are rallying points, six months apart, for organizing events, sharing initiatives, and involving the public.

Be the people we need.--Build the world we need.

Kelly and Michèle
Kelly O'Donnell, PsyD and Michèle Lewis O'Donnell, PsyD

Kelly O'Donnell, PsyD and Michèle Lewis O'Donnell, PsyD

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Update August 2021

We have appreciated joining with others to launch the first Global Integrity Day on 9 June 2020 and continuing to commemorate it now on 9 June 2021. This special, annual day is something which we have envisioned since December 2016, to shine the global spotlight on moral health for a more-whole world. It is a practical impetus as we endeavor to live in integrity always and in every area of our lives.

The 2021 theme is Corruption and Poverty. How can multi-dimensional probity (integrity at a levels, individual--institutional--international) help to curtail corruption's devastating role in multi-dimensional poverty? Ideas and resources are welcome!

We believe it is important to see Global Integrity Day designated as a new United Nations International Day as well as a companion day to complement the already designated International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December (and vice versa). In the meantime, we invite friends and colleagues around the world, and organizations and networks large and small, to join together in solidarity, finding common ground for the common good, to commemorate this special day on 9 June and throughout this year. See below for information on how to endorse this day.

See also:
--Moral Health for a More Whole World. Global Integration Update (January 2019)
--Everyday Global Heroes: Moral Lives Matter, Global Integration Update (January 2017)

"As both a psychologist and a UN representative for the World Federation for Mental Health, I am keenly curious about what helps bring out the best and the worst of my colleagues in the UN and other sectors. And myself. I am especially interested in how the UN’s approach to competencies and values, and in particular the moral-based areas of integrity and accountability, can support staff as they traverse the troubled terrain of our world." Integrity and Accountability for UN Staff, UN Special (2017)
Kelly O'Donnell

Special News

Corruption is criminal, immoral and the ultimate betrayal of public trust.….We must hold leaders to account….A vibrant civic space and open access to information are essential. And we must protect the rights and recognize the courage of whistle-blowers who expose wrongdoing….As an age-old plague takes on new forms, let us combat it with new heights of resolve.”
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, Statement on corruption in the context of COVID-19
(15 Oct
ober 2020) Watch the short video HERE.

13-17 December 2021: Ninth Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC/COSP9), Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. More information forthcoming on the website of UN Office of Drugs and Crime.

21 August 2021: Anti-Corruption: Perspectives and Practices (9am–11am, New York Time)
Integrity and Anti-Corruption Network, Lausanne-WEA.

2-4 June 2021: United Nations General Assembly Special Session Against Corruption: "Challenges and measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation" (10:00-13:00 and 15:18:00 EST, everyday; livestreamed and archived on UN Web TV). Also: watch the 80 minute High-Level Supporting Event with Civil Society and UN presenters, 3 June 13:30-15:00: Addressing Corruption in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Livestreamed on UN Web TV and video archived HERE. Also note the Political Declaration was unanimously adopted on day one (18 pages; note "integrity" is included 19 times): "Our common commitment to effectively addressing challenges and implementing measures to prevent and combat corruption and strengthen international cooperation."

“The special session will provide an opportunity to galvanize the political will of governments and the international community as a whole in advancing the fight against corruption. Governments will be able to take stock of global efforts and commitments and identify solutions to common challenges in preventing and combating corruption. The special session will also contribute to driving forward the efforts of countries to fully and effectively implement the Convention, including by, inter alia, sharing best practices and lessons learned." (excerpt from website)

"Corruption threatens the stability and security of societies, undermines public trust and institutions, and jeopardizes sustainable development. It distorts markets, stifles economic growth and diverts funds from public services. While corruption is a global phenomenon, evidence shows that it has a disproportionate impact on certain demographics, in particular poorer communities and the most vulnerable persons. Corrupt practices have a particularly adverse impact on the lives of women, socially, politically and economically, contributing to gender disparity gap.” (excerpt from website)

1 May 2021: When the Best Is Corrupt--Strategies for Living in Integrity. A special two hour conference online, organized by the Lausanne-WEA Integrity and Anti-Corruption Network. The three main presentations: Living a Life of Integrity, Practicing Integrity in the Church, and Promoting Integrity in Society. Video presentations, power points and conference materials HERE.

30 March 2021: Anti-Corruption Collective Actions, What Have We Learned? Lessons from the Ground (scroll down in the link to access the video of the 90 minute session/panelists). Civil Society Policy Forum, World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund, Spring Meetings 2021. "Session abstract: Since the launch of the World Bank guidelines in 2008, a myriad of CSOs has engaged in facilitating anticorruption collective actions. This session brings specialists from 4 countries who have hands-on experience to discuss the challenges of putting these guidelines into practice."

February 2021: Covid Care: Reflections and Resources for Wellbeing. Global Integration Update. "Like it or not, pandemics, like most crises, bring out people's best selves or their worse selves--our selfless and our selfish qualities. The reality of the uncertainties and anxieties of life, and indeed survival--existential risk--is heavy upon the world. Positively, the current COVID-19 pandemic certainly provides plenty of opportunities for us all--individually and collectively--to reflect on the types of people we want to be, the types of societies we need to build, and the types of changes we have to make. Courage and choice can not be conquered by corona. We join together in solidarity to make the world a better place, locally through globally, on behalf of covid care and in hopes to stir up the best selves in all of us. We also note that the many overlapping problems in our world continue unabated--pandemics themselves--even as this covid pandemic dominates the center stage globally: multi-dimensional poverty, protracted violence, conflicts, forced migration, human rights violations, gross inequalities, racism, mental ill health, environmental degradation, corruption, etc. (for example, review 10 Humanitarian Crises and Trends to Watch in 2021, New Humanitarian). This is the ongoing, cascading context which challenges us daily as we seek to practically support the wellbeing of all persons, all peoples, and the planet." (excerpt)

9 December 2020: This day is designated by the United Nations as both International Anti-Corruption Day and International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of Victims of the Crime of Genocide and the Prevention of this Crime.

19th international Anti-Corruption Conference, 30 November-5 December 2020. Two suggestions:

--Opening Plenary (minute 4 through minute 16) including the 10 minute address from former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He concludes: “With a transformative global vision, you can help realize justice and integrity for all…Let us work together to make this world better for all where nobody is left behind. I count on your leadership and strong commitment.”

--Plenary 4: Breaking Vicious Cycles of Dirty Money and Impunity. Watching the entire plenary, including the Q and A, is well worth it. 90 minutes.

December 2020: Genocide: Bearing Witness…"We can’t just Pontius Pilate 800,000 people.”
Global Integration Update, Member Care Associates.

News and Updates for 2020
Solidarity: Confronting the Corruption of Racism.
Love truth, peace, and people.
LINK to access the materials.

Integrity and Integ

--Integrity is moral wholeness—living consistently in moral wholeness.
--Corruption is moral rottenness, the opposite of integrity--the distortion, perversion, and deterioration of moral goodness, resulting in the abuse and exploitation of people and the planet. It is integroty.
--Global integrity is living consistently in moral wholeness at all levels--individual, interpersonal, institutional, and international; across sectors and settings; local through global; the systemic and structural.

Reflections and Resources

--"End poverty in all its forms everywhere."
Sustainable Development Goal 1
--"Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages."
Sustainable Development Goal 3
--"Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels."
Sustainable Development Goal 16
"Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms ."
Sustainable Development Goal 16.5
"Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels ."
Sustainable Development Goal 16.6

Probity for poverty? Absolutely! That is, probity to confront corruption and its impact on poverty.
Probity: The quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency” (Oxford Lexico)


Reflections--2021 Theme: Corruption and Poverty
One of the main hindrances blocking the fuller realisation of the Millennium Development Goals was the devastating human and environmental impact of corruption in all its forms. The same is true for the Sustainable Development Goals now, 2015-2030. So what do you think:

To resolutely "end poverty in all its forms everywhere" (SDG 1) how can we "substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms" (SDG 16.5)? How can multi-dimensional probity (integrity at all levels: individual, institutional, international) help to end corruption's devastating role in multi-dimensional poverty?

Think of this in terms of the 2.6T for the 1.3B. That is, the estimated $2.6 trillion dollars stolen annually via corruption (2018, WEF) and its impact on the estimated 1.3 billion humans living in multi-dimensional poverty (2018, UNDP). Note: add an additional $1 trillion/year for the estimated bribes.

Is it appropriate (and empirically supported) to
incentivize integrity? Or do we "integritize" incentives? (that is, integrity, like love/altruism, is its own reward?)

For example:
"El dinero alcanza, cuando nadie roba--There's enough money when no one steals." President of El Salvador Nayib Bukele's election platform. To which we add:
"Y nadie roba cuando...And no one steals when...?
--la integridad alcanza...there is enough integrity--living consistently in moral wholeness."
(including widespread social and personal norms that reinforce integrity)
"Y cuando...And when...etc."


Resources--2021 Theme: Corruption and Poverty
The Costs of Corruption (UN Secretary-General Guterres' message for Anti-Corruption Day 2018). "Every year, trillions of dollars - equivalent to more than five percent of global GDP - are paid in bribes or stolen through corruption.”

Corruption Perceptions Index 2020 (2021). Transparency International. (Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish). Highlights HERE. "The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. Like previous years, more than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43. The data shows that despite some progress, most countries still fail to tackle corruption effectively. The top countries on the CPI are Denmark and New Zealand, with scores of 88, followed by Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland, with scores of 85 each.The bottom countries are South Sudan and Somalia, with scores of 12 each, followed by Syria (14), Yemen (15) and Venezuela (15).”

Seeking Justice throughout Honduras--Interactive Map. Click the previous link to watch: Turning on the Lights for Justice (3 minutes). " investigation into Honduras' national electric company...the poor are the ones fronting most of that cost." Beyond the Badge--Police Purge in Honduras (mini-documentary, 16 minutes). See also Transforming Education in Honduras (3 minutes). Association for a More Just Society (ASJ): Honduras and USA.

Social determinants of mental disorders and sustainable development goals: A systematic review of reviews. Lund et al., (2018). The Lancet: Psychiatry (5)4, 357-369. "The aim of this study was to develop a conceptual framework for the social determinants of mental disorders that is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, to use this framework to systematically review evidence regarding these social determinants...comprising demographic, economic, neighbourhood, environmental events, and social and culture domains." Note: This key review is relevant for confronting corruption because poverty influences mental health and corruption influences poverty.

The True Cost of Global Corruption. "Graft results in lost tax revenue, but it also takes a social toll." (September 2019). Finance and Development, International Monetary Fund. "Curbing corruption can be a daunting task, but it is necessary to restore public trust in government. The fight against corruption can also bring significant economic and social gains over time. It starts with domestic political will, continuous strengthening of institutions to promote integrity and accountability, and global cooperation." (concluding paragraph)

Behind the Beautiful Forevers : Life, Death, an Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (2012) Kotherine Boo
"The effect of corruption I find most underacknowledged is a contraction not of economic possibility but of our moral universe....It is easy, from a safe distancee, to overlook the fact that in undercities governed by corruption, where exhausted people vie on scant terrain for very little, it is blistering hard to be good. The astonishment is that some people are good, and that many people try to be - all those invisible people who every day find themselves faced with dilemmas [of survival and of injustice]" (pages 253-254).

ONEis a global movement campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030, so that everyone, everywhere can lead a life of dignity and opportunity. We believe the fight against poverty isn’t about charity, but about justice and equality.”….“Every year developing countries lose $1,000,000,000,000 — a TRILLION dollars — through a web of shady and corrupt activities that involve phantom firms, money laundering, and illegal tax evasion. That’s money that, if recovered and taxed, could be invested in healthcare or education in the poorest counties. Instead, it fuels inequality and instability, keeping millions of people in developing countries trapped in the cycle of poverty.” (website)

United Nations Convention Against Corruption, Civil Society Coalition. “The UNCAC Coalition is a global network of over 350 civil society organisations (CSOs) in over 100 countries, committed to promoting the ratification, implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Established in August 2006, it mobilises civil society action for UNCAC at international, regional and national levels. The Coalition’s office is registered and based in Vienna, Austria.” (quote from website)

Why Can't Grace Go to School? EXPOSED Campaign (advocacy video, 2014)
Corruption is closer to home than you might think - or admit.

Recent Resoures

Unite for integrity--Live in integrity
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What are you doing now and throughout this year?

United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals (in the six official UN languages)
17 Goals, 169 Targets, 247 Indicators
SDG Indicators, Metadata Repository
Note information on SDG 16, especially these indicators: SDG 16.5.1. and SDG 16.5.2
--Sustainable Development Progress Report. Global Integration Update (August 2021)

World Mental Health Day (10 October 2021). Theme: Mental Health in an Unequal World. World Federation for Mental Health et al. “Access to mental health services remains unequal, with between 75% to 95% of people with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries unable to access mental health services at all, and access in high income countries is not much better. Lack of investment in mental health is disproportionate to the overall health budget contributes to the mental health treatment gap. Many people with a mental illness do not receive the treatment that they are entitled to and deserve and together with their families and carers continue to experience stigma and discrimination. The gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ grows ever wider and there is continuing unmet need in the care of people with a mental health problem.”

Corruption and Mental Health: Evidence from Vietnam (May 2021). Smriti Sharma, Saurabh Singhal, and Finn Tarp. Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization. Highlights: "We examine the relationship between exposure to local corruption and mental health in rural Vietnam. Using two datasets, we find strong and consistent evidence that petty corruption is positively associated with psychological distress. Suggestive evidence that a recent anti-corruption campaign had significant positive effects on mental health. There may be substantial psychosocial and mental health benefits from efforts to reduce corruption and improve governance."

Faith and Anti-Corruption: A Conversation with Katherine Marshall (Georgetown University) and Roberto Laver (FPIN) (60 minute webinar, 22 March 2021). Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities and Faith and Public Integrity Network (FPIN). Listen to the conversation and the Q/A as two senior level, respected experts discuss the opportunities and challenges for faith leaders and organizations in promoting public integrity and fighting corruption.

How Might Faith-Based Actors Play a Role in Changing Values and Norms in Corruption? (29 March 2021). Roberto Laver. Leir Institute, The Fetcher School, Tufts University. "The conventional technocratic anti-corruption reforms (such as anti-corruption agencies; new legal and regulatory frameworks on public procurement and access to information; new monitoring mechanisms and new judicial structures), are not producing a real and lasting transformation in the rules of the game, and this is unsurprising to anyone who has grown up in a similar environment of endemic corruption, as I did. While many factors might explain these disappointing results, there is a growing realization that a more positive and broader focus on building values and norms of public integrity is needed to produce a collective shift in behavior."

G20 Interfaith Forum, Working Group on Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions (corruption is 1 of 6 topics)

Genocide: Bearing Witness. Global Integration Update, December 2020. "In this Update we feature the contributions from genocide scholar Dr. Jane Gangi. As the Guest Contributor, she shares her perspectives as well as core resources for understanding, preventing, and confronting the crime of genocide. Historical examples of genocide and current crises are also highlighted, noting that genocide in its many insidious forms continues to plague humanity and that confronting it entails political, social, and personal action--and risks."

Official Channels (2020). Brian Martin. Irene Publishing. Note: Available online for free. There is no subtitle to this book. Our suggestion would be something like this: When Doing the Sensible Thing Makes No Sense--Exploring the Limits of and Alternatives to Formal Procedures for Whistleblowing, Confronting Corruption, Resolving Problems, and Seeking Justice.

Mistakes Were Made (but not by me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Behaviors. (2020, 3rd edition). Caroll Tavris and Elliot Aronson.

Building New Bridges Together: Strengthening Ethics in Higher Education after COVID-19. Globethics, virtual conference with four tracks, 25 June 2020, pre-conference events 17-24 June 2020

OECD Public Integrity Handbook (May 2020). "...provides guidance to government, business and civil society on implementing the [13] OECD Recommendation on Public Integrity. " Available in English and French.

The Psychology Behind Unethical Behavior (12 April 2019), Merete Wedell-Wedellsborg, Harvard Business Review.

Resolving Ethical Dilemmas: 50 Cases from Africa for Teaching and Training (2019). Editors: Tobe Nnamani and Christoph Stückelberger

Institutional Integrity: An Essential Building Block of Sustainable Reform (October 2018), report by James Michel.

International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC–Number 19), Remotely, 30 November-5 December 2020, Transparency International et al.

United Nations General Assembly Special Session Against Corruption, 2-4 June 2021

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