On May 12th, 2016, the UK held an international Anti-Corruption Summit attended by representatives from over forty-two countries with the goal ‘to step up global action to expose, punish and drive out corruption in all walks of life’. The summit resulted in the first ever Global Declaration Against Corruption, highlighting growing support for tackling corruption throughout the world.
The Anti-Corruption Summit communiqué noted the value of global open data principles, in particular, those listed in the Open Data Charter, for the release and sharing of data. Countries in attendance, including Afghanistan; Georgia; Nigeria; Norway; Russia, showed new support for implementing the principles of the Open Data Charter, and Mexico, France, and Italy reiterated their commitments. In addition, fourteen countries committed to implementing the Open Contracting Data Standard, illustrating support for timely, accessible, and comparable access to contracts between governments and the private sector.
Ahead of the summit, the Commonwealth Secretariat facilitated the Tackling Corruption Together conference on May 11th, bringing together civil society, business, and government leaders. The value of open data was raised throughout the day, specifically in the panel discussion on ‘People Powered Anti-Corruption – How Data and Digital Technologies Can Help Fight Corruption’.
The Anti-Corruption Sector Package was showcased to attendees by Ania Calderon, a Lead Steward for the Open Data Charter, and representative for the Open Government Partnership and Mexican Presidency. The presentation encouraged engagement in the ongoing consultancy and highlighted the ways in which the sector package can be a practical resource for using open data to tackle corruption.