The British Government is supporting a project to encourage municipalities from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to adopt practices which can prevent corruption. The initiative, under the “Islands of Integrity” concept, aims to address the root causes of corruption by encouraging free-market policies and enhancing efficiency.
An international expert on municipal management and good governance –and four times mayor of La Paz, Bolivia- Ronald MacLean, came to Guatemala to share best practices and meet with key interlocutors.
Former mayor MacLean explained in a public forum at Guatemala City that corruption “flourishes” when a monopoly of activities or services is concentrated in a few hands. He shared his experiences on decentralizing municipal systems by using competition between service providers, and thus delivering market-based prices to consumers.
The project has been delivered in Guatemala with the support of the World Bank, Partners Global and Fundacion Esquipulas. For almost a year, these interlocutors have met with other key local partners, including many municipalities and are designing a way forward to implement the recommendations produced by these exchanges.
Speaking at an event in Guatemala City, the British Ambassador Carolyn Davidson said that corruption is one of the greatest obstacles to bolster prosperity and democracy.
Acting to stop that – as we did with in Britain with our Bribery Act in 2010 – can boost economic growth. I welcome the approach of the Islands of Integrity, which promotes change at a local level to address main transparency concerns.
The UK government has funded this initiative at a regional level, and the model has been replicated in El Salvador and Honduras. According to the World Bank, over US$20 billion is stolen by corrupt officials annually around the world. To help prevent and combat corruption the UK is working to strengthen transparency and accountability within government institutions.
In the Northern Triangle, the UK government remains committed to supporting the battle against corruption by supporting initiatives such as “Islands of Integrity”, and giving institutional and financial support to international sponsored efforts such as CICIG in Guatemala and MACCIH in Honduras.
Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!
What a load of twaddle ! According to you, the UK is the only country in the world trying to push its own interests. Russia and China are faultless?. Every country in the world is trying to push their own interests to the outside world....even your beloved Argentina.Feb 17th, 2018 - 06:51 pm +2
Patrick, you are SO BIASED against the UK that your comments are worthless in any rational debate.
PEFeb 13th, 2018 - 01:54 pm +1
So you support corruption by officials creaming off monies meant to be used for the general good.. Certainly tells us something about your ethics !
PEFeb 13th, 2018 - 03:07 pm +1
What is your problem?
I know your heart aches because the Brits kicked the invasion forces of the Argentine South Atlantic Empire off of the Falkland Islands in 1982 but you can't hold a grudge for the rest of your life - grow up.