Fight against corruption builds momentum at Summit for Democracy

Addressing and fighting corruption was high on the agenda at the second Summit for Democracy held on March 29-30, 2023, co-hosted by United States President Biden with the governments of Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Republic of Korea, and Republic of Zambia.

First held in December 2021, the Summit for Democracy brings together governments, civil society, and the private sector to work together to build more resilient democracies, combat corruption, and defend human rights

At the second Summit, partners showcased progress made on commitments during the Year of Action, and civil society organizations came together on Partners for Democracy Day to share evidence-based approaches to inform the next steps for collective action.

Brookings launches new project to tackles the world’s thorniest anti-corruption problems 

As part of these events, The Brookings Institution launched the Anti-Corruption, Democracy and Security project that has been initiated with support of donors including the BHP Foundation to tackle anti-corruption problems that most profoundly impact global democracy and security.

The project seeks to demonstrably reduce corruption and strengthen democracy through government commitments and actions. It builds on the network and learnings of Brookings’ part of the BHP Foundation Natural Resource Governance program.

Learn more about the Anti-corruption, Democracy and Security project.

USAID announces semi-finalists for JET Minerals Challenge, which seeks to stop corruption in green minerals supply chains

A cohort of 20 semi-finalists whose innovative corruption-elimination ideas have the potential to transform the lives of citizens of resource rich countries have been invited to the next phase of a Grand Challenge designed to counter corruption and strengthen transparency, accountability, and integrity in the global rush to meet the unprecedented demand for green minerals. 

The Powering a Just Energy Transition challenge was launched in 2022 by USAID in partnership with Amazon, BHP Foundation and Chandler Foundation. The semi-finalists span 18 countries, and of the lead organizations, 13 are women-led. Semi-finalists will attend a two-day innovation bootcamp in April and could receive up to US 400,000 in funding whose innovative corruption-elimination ideas have the potential to transform the lives of citizens of resource rich countries essential to the energy transition. 

Covering 18 unique geographies, some concepts address green mineral supply chains generally, whereas others target specific green minerals supply chains – ranging from lithium and tin, tungsten, and tantalum (known as the 3T’s) to manganese and rare earth elements.

Speaking at a Summit for Democracy side event to announce the semi-finalists, BHP Foundation CEO James Ensor called for accelerated action on corruption as global demand for minerals critical for the transition to a green economy is set to skyrocket.  

“We must urgently double down now to enable the energy transition to transform the lives of the one billion people still living in poverty in resource rich countries,” said James. 

“Transparent, accountable and participatory governance of natural resources is mission critical” 

James was joined by USAID Chief Innovation Officer Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Chandler Foundation Director of Social Investment Leslie Tsai and three of the semi-finalists of the Challenge. 

Learn more about the JET Minerals Challenge and meet the semi-finalists.

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