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Wednesday, September 2 • 11:00 - 13:00
What is People Power and how does it impact Corruption and Impunity

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What exactly are people power and collective nonviolent action? Without understanding the dynamics of these related elements of bottom-up change, we cannot effectively engage, empower and mobilise our fellow citizens, support and protect integrity champions, channel public outrage to productive nonviolent action, and maximize our use of on-the-ground and online tools, as well as other new technologies.

We propose an interactive session using the fishbowl format and group exercises - in order to stimulate a peer-to-peer exchange of experiences, knowledge, and information. We will:


  1. Examine how people power works when applied to fighting impunity and corruption and the role of power dynamics in achieving social justice.



  2. Discuss the critical role of strategy to design effective monitoring tactics that can disrupt the corrupt status quo, and create opportunities for engagement with powerholders.



  3. Highlight successful “people power essentials”, including nonviolent discipline, the many dimensions of unity, and the “three intangibles” - collective responsibility, collective identity and legitimacy.



  4. Review a people power checklist for effective citizen mobilization and action.



  5. Apply these concepts and essentials to participants’ own experiences or to a new civic initiative they want to develop.


We will facilitate two group exercises that illuminate people power dynamics. Participants will be given a newly-published educational curriculum: “Freedom from Corruption: People Power to Undermine Impunity and Gain Social Justice.”

There can be no effective solutions or strategies regarding people-integrity-action without an understanding of the dynamics of bottom-up pressure on powerholders and corruptors, the necessity for strategy, and the interplay of power shifts in order to produce changes in policy, practices and norms for accountability and integrity. This session will produce a checklist for effective citizen mobilization and action to undermine impunity – that is both strategic and practical

People power wielded by mobilised citizens in civic initiatives has been documented to disrupt and affect behavior in many cases. However, this requires power analysis, strategy, tactical creativity and diversity of actions, collective citizen responsibility to address the injustice and ownership of the civic initiative, and legitimacy. The session will apply the conceptual elements, and practical insights, and strategic analytical tools from the people power realm to curbing corruption and undermining impunity based on actual anti-corruption civic initiatives.

Monitoring consists of a set of nonviolent actions in which mobilized citizens are the main protagonists. Regular people have the potential to wield extra-institutional pressure on powerholders and uncover corruption, which makes it more difficult for corruptors to operate with impunity.

Moderators
avatar for Philippe Duhamel

Philippe Duhamel

Facilitator, Viastrategia
Accountability activist, civic organizer, and nonviolent action educator. In over thirty years of organizing, Philippe Duhamel has led key successful campaigns with human rights and civic organizations, environmental and community groups. His Operation Transparency campaign design, first used to bring the draft agreement of Free Trade Area of the Americas in 2001 out in the open, has been used with success by a number of labour and civil... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vijay Anand

Vijay Anand

President, 5th Pillar
I co-founded and head 5th Pillar, a nonprofit organization that aims to encourage, enable, and empower every citizen of India to eliminate corruption at all levels of society. We use the Zero Rupee Note and the Right to Information(RTI) Act of India, to make willing citizens to pursue any governmental work in India without the briber, delay or disrespect which is otherwise common in Indian government offices. | | 5th Pillar believes that... Read More →
avatar for Shaazka Beyerle

Shaazka Beyerle

Author, Curtailing Corruption:, People Power For Accountabililty And Justice
Shaazka Beyerle is the Lead Researcher/Author for a Nordic Trust Fund project in the World Bank entitled, “Citizen Participation is a Human Right: A Human Rights-Based Approach to the World Bank's Citizen Engagement Mandate.” She’s the author of Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice (Lynne Rienner 2014), and Freedom from Corruption: A Curriculum for People Power Movements, Campaigns and Civic Initiatives (2015... Read More →
avatar for Anjali Bhardwaj

Anjali Bhardwaj

Co-Convenor, National Campaign For Peoples Right To Information
I have been closely associated with the Right to Information movement in India since the year 2000 and am a co-convenor of the NCPRI (http://righttoinformation.info/). The NCPRI played a pivotal role in campaigning for an effective Right to Information Act in India. NCPRI has been advocating for a series of anti-corruption and grievance redress measures to tackle corruption and redress grievances of people - the Lokpal & Lokayuktas Act, the... Read More →

Session Coordinators
avatar for Shaazka Beyerle

Shaazka Beyerle

Author, Curtailing Corruption:, People Power For Accountabililty And Justice
Shaazka Beyerle is the Lead Researcher/Author for a Nordic Trust Fund project in the World Bank entitled, “Citizen Participation is a Human Right: A Human Rights-Based Approach to the World Bank's Citizen Engagement Mandate.” She’s the author of Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice (Lynne Rienner 2014), and Freedom from Corruption: A Curriculum for People Power Movements, Campaigns and Civic Initiatives (2015... Read More →

Rapporteur
avatar for Archiwal Ahmadullah

Archiwal Ahmadullah

Executive Director, anti-corruption trainer and mobliser, Oscar
I have been leading OSCAR, flag ship of teaching nonviolence in Afghanistan, since 2011.We aim to change citizens' mentality about violence and power in our society for bringing change.


Wednesday September 2, 2015 11:00 - 13:00
Hall 4

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