G-Watch at the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference

Government Watch (G-Watch) Director-Convenor Joy Aceron attended the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference on 22-24 October 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she spoke in two panels, Public Sector Excellence and Preventing Corruption, and Trends and Strategies to Protect and Reclaim Civic Space. 

During the first panel, Aceron shared G-Watch's experience in sustaining anti-corruption efforts, tracing the transition of G-Watch into its current work as an action research organization embedded in a loose network and alliances of civic and advocacy groups in the Philippines that aim to deepen democracy through citizen empowerment and scaling of accountability. She sat alongside speakers from Germany, Papua New Guinea, Georgia and UNDP. A copy of her presentation is available here.

For the second panel, Aceron touched on shifting civic spaces in the Philippines, characterized by how the authoritarian regime instrumentalized spaces for participation. This was among the key points she raised in a discussion with fellow speakers from Tunisia, Niger and Canada. 

The IACC is a global forum that brings together heads of state, civil society, and the privare sector "to tackle the increasingly sophisticated challenges posed by corruption." The IACC takes place every two years and hosts around a thousand participants from over 135 countries.