Last Wednesday, July 1, with the participation of representatives of Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina, the French Anti-Corruption Agency and the Latin American chapter of Carbon Neutral, the eleventh session of the Webinar Cycle in times of Covid-19 was held, called The other pandemic: corruption in times of coronavirus.

This webinar culminated successfully in 11 sessions structured in 4 cycles, in which we addressed teleworking and mental health; good practices of SAIs in times of pandemic; the international response to COVID-19; and, finally, its impact on the 2030 Agenda. The panels, which were attended by 23 experts, were moderated by the Executive Director of OLACEFS – Mr. Osvaldo Rudloff – in which the Executive Secretariat sought to seek a gender balance in the participation, with a total of 12 female and 11 male experts.

In this last session, Carlos Santiso, Director of Digital Innovation of Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina, addressed 3 aspects where there are risks of corruption: 1) public purchases, referred to by him as “coronapurchases;” 2) Public data; and 3) Digital startups. These 3 aspects are key in the management of the health crisis and in the programs of response and economic reactivation because, in the end, this is related to the confidence of citizens in the State, which is vital.

Izadora Zubek, Coordinator of International Affairs of the French Anti-Corruption Agency, addressed the relevance of prevention when it comes to anti-corruption measures. She shared the French experience and highlighted the importance of international cooperation to combat this global phenomenon that, like the coronavirus, knows no borders.

Lorena Herrera, Latin American representative of Carbon Neutral, addressed the impact of corruption on human rights. Thus, emphasizing the differentiated approach with which the impact of corruption on different groups of vulnerability must be addressed, she argued that while States are in the position of guarantors of the human rights of all people, companies cannot remain indifferent to this respect, and have a responsibility to refrain from violating them.

You can find the presentation and recording of the webinar below:

Presentation by Lorena Herrera

For more information about the webinars, as well as the actions taken by SAIs and the COVID-19 Blog, visit the page:

Regional actions in times of COVID-19