The first large meeting of its kind, this research conference aims to bring together leading academics from Egypt and the broader MENA region with young scholars, civil society organisations, business analysts, and policy makers. Through this, we aim to collectively advance our understanding of key challenges to integrity in Egypt and the MENA region and of how academic research can support better public policy for integrity and anti-corruption. The conference is an initiative of the Egypt academic network on integrity, supported by Transparency International. Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through more than 90 chapters worldwide and an international secretariat in Berlin, we raise awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and work with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.
Academic research has an invaluable role to play in supporting strong advocacy and public policy agendas to increase integrity and reduce corruption. National research on these topics is essential to provide a nuanced, contextual understanding of the complex dynamics of integrity and corruption in the MENA region. Researchers as citizens are now moving beyond the walls of the university and policymakers need to be better informed in a language they understand. Connecting local researchers with regional and international counterparts and the engagement of young, upcoming scholars, civil society organisations and policy makers can foster much-needed innovation and help bridge the gap between research, advocacy and public policy. Good quality research is needed to understand corruption, its impact and the ways we can address it, yet this is an area where research can be challenging. An aim of this conference is also to build a community of academics and civil society practitioners to support each other in this research and is the focus of a preliminary academic-researcher workshop. This workshop will provide a forum for academics to present papers to civil society activists, receive their feedback and revise their papers before the conference.
The thematic focus of this conference is Integrity Risks in the Public-Private Interface. The conference aims to consolidate existing knowledge on these topics and foster new research.
It will take a multi-disciplinary approach and invites submissions from a wide variety of fields such as political science, law, business, economics, sociology, public administration, journalism, and philosophy.
Topics included under Integrity Risks in the Public-Private Interface include (but are not limited to):
Politics and the private sector
Private sector contributions to political party fundraising, the revolving door (persons holding multiple roles and moving between the public sector to private sector roles)
Accessing information on politics and the private sector
Citizen engagement and oversight in the relationship between the public and private sector
State decision making and the private sector
Public procurement, land allocation, licensing and registration
Oversight bodies and citizen oversight
State and private sector boundaries
State-owned enterprises, privatisation and public-private partnerships
Private sector and the absence of the state
Informal businesses and informal areas
Informality and corruption
The Integrity Risks in the Public-Private Interface conference is designed to be an interactive meeting place of minds in academia, civil society, the private sector, policy makers and the media. As such, it will be conducted in two stages:
1. Integrity Risks in the Public-Private Interface Workshop (4 November 2013)
The purpose of this workshop is to better connect academics working on integrity, corruption and good governance with practitioners and activists engaged in advocating to strengthen integrity, and enhance learning between the two groups.
Academic scholars will be expected to present a draft of their paper to an audience of academics and civil society activists, who will provide critical feedback and suggestions for strengthening the research.
Academic scholars selected for this workshop will be expected to revise their papers based on the feedback and present their revised papers at the conference.
2. Integrity Risks in the Public-Private Interface Conference (4-5 December 2013)
This 2 day conference will bring together academics, civil society members, policy makers, the private sector and the media to discuss integrity in the public-private interface in an academic setting.
The working languages for the conference will be Arabic and English. Abstracts should be submitted in one or both of the two working languages. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.
Please submit an individual abstract or a panel proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org before 2 September 2013.
Individual abstracts should be approx. 400 words long. This should be accompanied by:
- A CV
- Examples of recent, published works
For those wishing to also attend the November Workshop, please indicate this in your application.
While this conference is primarily aimed at Egyptian scholars, other scholars working on or in the Middle East and North Africa on related topics are very welcome to apply. Limited scholarships may be available for selected scholars travelling from outside Egypt, please indicate in your application if you wish to be considered for a scholarship.
Young scholars, including PhD students, are welcome to apply but should include the name of a senior researcher who agrees to supervise their work.
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