Transparency International and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate against corruption as a way to strengthen democracy and promote human rights, and key commitments to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The agreement will focus on two key areas: strengthening of civil society and building democratic institutions through good governance and integrity. Under the MoU, Transparency International and AECID will work together to enhance the capacity and resilience of civil society organisations– especially those working with marginalised groups, and tackling corruption challenges across the globe, through advocacy, monitoring, exchange of knowledge and generating evidence on best practices. The MoU will also facilitate the provision of capacity-building and technical assistance to build stronger and more accountable democratic institutions in regions like Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
Delia Ferreira Rubio, chair of Transparency International, said:
“Corruption is a threat to democracy and human rights. This agreement reaffirms our shared commitments with AECID to promote democracy, transparency and accountability, and to formally move our partnership forward to support marginalised groups fighting corruption so that no one is left behind.”
Antón Leis García, director of the AECID, said:
“Fighting corruption and promoting transparency and accountability is a top priority for AECID. Our collaboration with Transparency International represents a step further in our commitment to improving the quality of democracy, and in protecting the poor and vulnerable populations, who are often most affected by corruption and bad governance.”