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What is corruption? Why do we fight it?

Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.

It means that:

  • Decisions are taken for private interest instead of for public benefit.
  • Democratic institutions are weakened and legitimacy, public trust and support are lost.
  • Instead of fair competition based on price, quality and innovation, competitive bribery thrives. This harms trade and deters investments.
  • The environment is threatened - when environmental protection agencies are corrupt, the very foundations of sustainable development are eroded.
  • Human rights abuses flourish - as corruption increases, regimes become more secretive, and basic social and economic rights are threatened.
  • It becomes impossible for millions of people, especially in developing countries, to earn an honest living.

 

TI Fiji's objectives

  • To raise public awareness and advance the general education of the public in Fiji in matters relating to the nature and consequences of corruption in business transactions, including overseas development initiatives and existing legislations and other guidelines which exist to combat corruption.
  • To promote, undertake or commission research for the public benefit in matters relating to the nature and consequences of corruption in business transactions and the cost-effectiveness of overseas developments initiatives and to disseminate the useful results of such research.
  • To support and promote the charitable educational aims and objectives of Transparency International, a not-for-profit organisation under Fiji law, and in particular to assist in securing support within Fiji for Standards of Conduct designed to promote transparency and accountability in business transactions, and to cooperate with other organisations throughout the world with similar objectives.
  • To provide assistance and expertise to parties involved in trade, investment and economic and social development and to assist them in ensuring compliance with existing anti-corruption legislation and Standards of Conduct established in conjunction with Transparency International in Fiji and other bodies.
  • To give the legislative and public bodies and others facilities for conferring with and ascertaining the view of persons and institutions engaged in combating corruption as regards matters directly or indirectly affecting that activity.
  • To arrange, provide, organize or promote alone or with others the provision conferences, lectures, seminars, meetings, courses, exhibitions, training, information and advisory services and other events and services in furtherance of the objects of the company.
  • To write, make, prepare, edit and print, publish, issue and circulate, gratuitously or otherwise, reports, periodicals, books, pamphlets, leaflets, articles, films, video tapes, computer software, electronic devises, materials, for study or other documents in furtherance of or necessary for the promotion of the objects of the company, or procure any of the above acts.

Have you been a victim of corruption, or witnessed it?

If you have been a victim of corruption, or witnessed it, and are unsure what you should do or who you can talk to, TI Fiji provides free assistance via its Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC), based in Suva (visit the office at 62 & 72 Pratt St, Suva; telephone 3584 975 or 3304 702 or email poalac@transparencyfiji.org). Full details on the operation and recent work of the ALAC are provided under Our Projects > ALACs or in the Human Interest Stories publication (PDF, 610kb)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is TI Fiji?
TI Fiji is a non-profit, non-political organization that promotes collaboration, awareness and other initiatives to improve governance and eliminate corruption from the daily lives of people.

2. How long has TI Fiji been around?
TI Fiji was established in Suva on 9 March 1999 by several concerned businessmen and women.

3. What type of activities does TI Fiji do?
TI Fiji engages in a range of anti-corruption and governance building activities, such as awareness campaigns, workshops, etc. Visit "Our projects" to learn more about our current and previous projects and activities.

4. What is the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and how does Fiji rank?
TI developed a tool in 1995, known as the Corruptions Perceptions Index (CPI). The CPI ranks 180 countries by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys. The CPI is compiled with a score of 10, where 1 is the most corrupted and 10 being the least corrupted.

In 2005, Fiji was included in the CPI and was ranked #55 alongside Bulgaria, Colombia and Seychelles, out of 165 countries, with a score of 4 out of 10.

Fiji was has not been included in recent CPI reports due to a lack of available data on people’s perceptions of corruption in Fiji - to be included in the report, a country needs a minimum of three of the index’s data sources, which have not been available for a number of years in Fiji.

5. What is the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) and how is that connected to TI Fiji?
The Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) is an international programme developed by Transparency International to provide legal assistance to witnesses and victims of corruption. As part of the international program, TI Fiji established an ALAC in 2009, and it is currently based at 62 and 72 Pratt St, Suva. Full details of the operation and success stories of the ALAC are provided under Our Projects > ALACs

6. What is Transparency International?
Transparency International is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to fighting corruption. It is probably best known for its Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures levels of perceived corruption around the world. Active in over 100 countries and on the international stage, Transparency International raises awareness of the devastating effects of corruption, and works with governments, businesses and international organisations to develop effective programmes to tackle it. Transparency International is not politically aligned, nor is it an investigator, but it lobbies for changes in laws and behaviours.

7. What is TI Fiji's connection to Transparency International?
TI Fiji is a national chapter of the worldwide Transparency International organisation.

8. How does Transparency International achieve its aims?
Transparency International:

  • builds national, regional and global partnerships which embrace the state, civil society and the private sector.
  • coordinates and supports national chapters (a non-governmental organisation which combines individuals and organisations from any background(s) to implement its mission).
  • assists in the design and the implementation of effective integrity systems.
  • collects, analyses and disseminates information and raises public awareness on the damaging impact of corruption (especially in low income countries) on human and economic development.

To understand Transparency Internationals acheivements since it was established in 1993, visit the Transaprency International website, Frequently Asked Questions

9. What makes Transparency International different?
Transparency International leads the international movement devoted to eliminating corruption. It is an international centre of expertise on fighting corruption, pooling a large number of highly professional volunteers for an integrated approach.

Transparency International seeks to empower civil society to play a meaningful role in countering corruption

10. What does Transparency International believe in and what does it hope to achieve?
Transparency International's vision is for a world in which government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption. Visit the TI website for additional information on TI’s vision, values and guiding principles