Workshop on combating corruption, building relationships

Workshop on combating corruption, building relationships

Joseph Veramu
Suva, September 4, 2019

Debbie Gee

Anti-Corruption Non-Government organisations like ‘Civic Leaders for Clean Transactions Integrity Fiji’ (CLCT Integrity Fiji) need proactive engagement and communication strategies to spread the message of integrity, transparency and accountability.

This was one of the key messages presented by Debbie Gee of Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) while facilitating a one day workshop in Suva, Fiji, on August 10, 2019.

Debbie worked with CLCT Integrity Fiji to develop their stakeholder engagement and communications strategies.

Advancing Objective

These are focused on building relationships with potential partners and collaborators and enhancing effective methods for reaching out to the public.
Her work in Fiji focused primarily on advancing Objective 6 of CLCT Integrity Fiji’s business plan: Combat Corruption through building relationships.
A TINZ Member with Delegated Authority, Debbie is experienced in strategic engagement and communications.
Her training visit to CLCT Integrity Fiji was made possible through a generous grant from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and facilitated by TINZ.

Joseph Veramu, Debbie Gee (second and fourth from left) with Ricardo Gabrielle, Perina Vocea, Adi Makelesi Charles, Rita Tamton, Stephanie Fong and Sakeo Cama with Board Members, Staff and Volunteers.

Meaningful engagement

Debbie worked with Board members, staff and volunteers of CLCT Integrity Fiji to discuss strategies for identifying and building key relationships and skills for using mainstream media such as print, radio and television, and to educate and inform the public on anti corruption issues. Social media was also an important strategic tool for disseminating information to the Fijian public.

While in Fiji, Debbie met CLCT Integrity Fiji’s Board and its youth wing, ‘Youths for Integrity’. A very constructive meeting was also held with the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) at which they indicated their willingness to work on anti-corruption initiatives, with CLCT Integrity Fiji and TINZ.

They offered to provide resources and deliver training free of charge.

“We very much appreciated Debbie Gee’s contributions to strengthening the work of CLCT Integrity Fiji in the anti corruption space in Fiji,” Acting Chairperson Joeli Bili said.

Joseph Veramu is Interim Chief Executive of Civic Leaders for Clean Transactions Integrity Fiji. The above appeared in the September 2019 issue of Transparency Times of Transparency International New Zealand Inc.

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