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USB’s Prof Daniel Malan to combat corruption on WEF council

USB’s Prof Daniel Malan to combat corruption on WEF council
  • Aug 13
  • Tags WEF council, Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa

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Prof Daniel Malan, director of the Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), has been invited by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), to become a member of the WEF’s Global Future Council on Transparency and Anti-corruption for the 2019 – 2020 term.

As a council member, Prof Malan will work with other leading experts to develop new insights and innovative ideas to inform decision-makers around the world. He is also a member of the advisory committee of the Future of Trust and Integrity, a project of the Forum’s Partnership Against Corruption Initiative.

According to its website, the Network of Global Future Councils provides its members with a platform for multi-stakeholder collaboration that enables them to identify creative ways their council can contribute to solving shared challenges.

It is a well-known fact that corruption is stifling Africa’s growth. A recent article on corruption and how it is hindering the continent’s economy, states that one in four Africans had to pay a bribe to access public services last year.  Prof Malan says corruption is a global problem, but Africa faces specific challenges.

“Sub-Saharan Africa is the lowest-scoring region in the 2018 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index with an average score of 32 out of 100. In terms of the 2019 Global Corruption Barometer – Africa, also published by Transparency International, it is revealed that most people feel that corruption has increased in their country, but they also feel optimistic that they can make a difference in the fight against corruption,” he says.

“There will never be an easy solution, but more effective enforcement combined with innovative technology and efforts to encourage ethical behaviour can make a difference.”

“The fact that one in four respondents stated that they had to pay a bribe during the last year to access a public service is an indictment against African government officials, but corruption is also a huge problem in the private sector. There will never be an easy solution, but more effective enforcement combined with innovative technology and efforts to encourage ethical behaviour can make a difference.”

According to Prof Malan the Global Future Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption will develop recommendations and integrate their findings into WEF activities such as the Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters and regional and industry events, as well as global decision-making processes.

“Business schools have an important to role to play in the fight against corruption.”

He says business schools have an important role to play in the fight against corruption. “Schools must ensure that their own behaviour is always beyond reproach, and academic courses and executive development programmes should aim to build capacity amongst future and existing managers to lead by example,” he says.

USB is a participant in the anti-corruption working group of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education. Prof Malan also played the role of lead consultant in the recent development of university ethics and integrity modules of Education for Justice, a project of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime.

*Reference: https://www.weforum.org/communities/global-future-councils

More about the Global Future Councils*
– The Network of Global Future Councils is the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated to promoting innovation thinking on the future.
– Two co-chairs lead each of the 41 councils comprised of 20 -25 leading experts from academia, government, international organisations, business and civil society.
– The network gives its members a platform to support the Forum’s vision to better understand and shape global systems in the face of rapid social and technological transformation.
– The council term will run from October 2019 – September 2020.
– The council meets at the Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils in Dubai, United Emirates in November 2019 and delivers its outcomes as part of the Forum’s ongoing initiatives and meetings.

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