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Campaign aims to shine a light on corruption

A global anti-corruption campaign will be launched in London this week by EXPOSED, an international coalition of Christian organisations

A global anti-corruption campaign will be launched in London this week by EXPOSED, an international coalition of Christian organisations.

The launch on 11 October will mark the start of a 12-month campaign and awareness-raising during which hundreds of millions of people will be mobilised to commit to and promote practical steps for ethical behaviour in business, government, the Church and society.

The year will culminate in the EXPOSED Global Vigil against Corruption from 14-20 October 2013.

EXPOSED says corruption is a significant obstacle to economic and social development and has an especially severe impact on the very poor.

Dr Goodwill Shana, head of the Christian denominations in Zimbabwe, says that while corruption is present everywhere, from the boardrooms of corporations in developed countries to the dusty streets of developing nations, it plays a far more significant role in Africa by keeping the poor in the unrelenting grip of destitution.

“Every year well over US$1 trillion goes missing through mismanagement, illicit business practices and poor governance,” said Dr Dion Forster, International Co-ordinator of EXPOSED. “It doesn't have to be this way. This money doesn’t just evaporate - it is actually deducted from the livelihood of some of the poorest people in the world.”

Rev Joel Edwards, Chair of EXPOSED and international director of campaign partner Micah Challenge said: “Our job is to provide a forum in which 100 million Christians will remind us and the world of God’s passion for the poor.

“We want people to become advocates and practitioners of justice to help shine a light on corruption wherever it is present, to ensure integrity is established or restored in financial and political systems, and resources are shared equitably so that everyone has the opportunity to flourish.”

Dr Forster and Rev Edwards will be among the speakers at the EXPOSED launch, along with Chris Lodewyk of Unashamedly Ethical and EXPOSED 2013. The event will be chaired by Lord Paul Boateng.

In the next year, the Church will be called on to act with integrity and openness. Governments will be urged to act justly and honestly and to implement laws to stop all forms of corruption, so that sustainable growth is possible now and for future generations. Business people will also be asked to promote honest dealings in pricing, procurement, taxes and transparency so that enterprises of all sizes have the opportunity to prosper.

Christians across the world will be asked to take personal action to challenge their own behaviours and stand against corruption in their own communities. Local action is also advocated, with individuals and groups being asked to join and organise a Vigil against Corruption from 14-20 October, 2013.

At national and international level up to 10 million Christians will be encouraged to add their voices to EXPOSED 2013’s Global Call against corruption that will be delivered to leaders of the world’s most powerful nations.

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