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Bridging Leadership Case Featured at the Collective Action Conference 2016

Posted: 2016-11-18

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Basel, Switzerland – Last 20 October 2016, Professor Manuel J. De Vera, Executive Director of the AIM – TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership (AIMTEC), participated in a high-level research panel discussion entitled, “Anti-corruption Collective Action in Conflict Zones” at the Collective Action Conference 2016 hosted by the Basel Institute on Governance.

Prof. De Vera presented key insights on what could constitute innovative and responsive anti-corruption collective action drawn from the cross-sectoral election reform initiative in Marawi City as initiated by Brigadier General Daniel Lucero, a Fellow of the Center’s Mindanao Bridging Leaders Program (MBLP) and Former Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“Leadership and the manner by which it is exercised can play a pivotal role for effective collective action in complex and volatile environments. But more importantly, the collective agency witnessed in Marawi City was a watershed event that redefined participatory action in electoral reform and can serve as a great lesson in collective action,” said Prof. De Vera in response to central questions on critical factors to successful anti-corruption collective action in conflict zones and conflict-affected areas.

Prof. De Vera was part of the research panel that presented anti-corruption collective action in conflict zones. A paper on the experience of Afghanistan’s Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) was also presented by Dr. Mark Pyman. The panel was moderated by Dr. Stefan Schembera of the University of Zurich, and the panel’s reactor was Mr. Soji Apampa, Co-founder and Executive Vice-Chairman and CEO of the Convention on Business Integrity, Nigeria. 

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Beyond uncovering the role of leadership in collective action, supporting and limiting factors to governance structures and enterprise development in a conflict-affected area were discussed. The Collective Action Conference 2016 featured selected research that advance evidence, experience, and impact in the fields of anti-corruption and collective action. The event gathered over 150 international academics and sector representatives to share and analyze concrete cases of anti-corruption collective action towards the creation of a shared agenda for future research and the formation of a community of practice that supports the fight against corruption. 

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