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Combating and Preventing Corruption in Medicine Procurement - What can Civil Society Do?

October 2 - 4, 2012

Istanbul, Turkey


Meeting Goals


       *            Understanding

·         The difference between corruption and bad/poor governance? And why are ‘’we’’ as civil society (as opposed to law enforcement agencies or government) combating and preventing it?

·         Why civil society should be concerned with corrupt practices in medicine procurement…what is the real impact otherwise on patients and their health?

·         Where corruption can occur within this context

       *            Defining what we mean by “procurement’’?

·         Product choice, price negotiation, ordering, payment, delivery, etc.

       *            Investigating the several possible roles that civil society can play in combating and preventing corruption and/or poor governance:

·         When can civil society play the insider role?

·         When is an outsider role needed?

·         What is the role of government?

·         Can a health/other NGO do this work alone and how?

·         What about the media and whistleblowers?

       *            Assessing data/information and other needs to conduct effective advocacy in country and internationally

       *            Share and discuss examples (successes and challenges) of on-going civil society initiatives that seek to combat corruption and/or bad governance in medicine procurement (supply chain)

       *            Reflect on longer term strategies to combat corruption, including identifying key supportive legislation/frameworks:

·         Access to information (quality)

·         Building effective oversight bodies

·         Whistleblower protection

·         Investigative journalist

       *            Identifying specific areas for collaboration in country, regional and international, including contemplating specific broad alliances and solidarity among sectors

       *            Setting out civil society projects and their needs in Ukraine, Kenya and South Africa, and developing specific steps for future work.