NATO Building Integrity (BI) Discipline Conference 2015
Katherine Dixon used her first official appearance as Programme Director for Transparency International´s Defence and Security Programme to give a keynote speech on trends in integrity building and corruption risks. She made the argument that corruption destroys state legitimacy and highlighted how countries without legitimate governments pose a serious threat to NATO. “Sustaining legitimacy should be the central goal and motivation of NATO’s efforts to build integrity whether at home or externally”, she said. Ms. Dixon also presented a summary of TI´s Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index and the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index, which compare companies´ and countries´ anti-corruption measures.
Over the course of the two days a number of presentations, panel discussions and syndicate sessions addressed the different requirements levels and the way forward in filling existing education and training gaps. Among the participants were staff responsible for education, training and exercises and other experts involved in anti-corruption work and integrity building.
Susan Pond, Head of the NATO BI Programme, highlighted how BI has gained significant momentum by pointing to the North Atlantic Council´s decision to make it a professional area of work and the ongoing efforts to develop policy and doctrine.
She also praised NATO´s successful partnership with CIDS and thanked all implementing partners, stakeholders and other experts for their contributions to the conference.