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Strathmore University hosts the Australia Awards Fellowship Kenya

Prof Charles Sampford; Director, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University (Australia)

Following the integrity week that is taking place at the Strathmore University between 13th and 17th of March 2017, the Strathmore Law School, together with the Government of Australia and Griffith University in Queensland Australia hosted an Integrity Workshop on 14th of March, the 16th Round of the Australian Awards Fellowship workshop.

The event provided a platform for research fellows to present their findings following a 2 week benchmarking session in Australia, which saw them gather information on how to better improve the cultivation of integrity in the various public institutions they work in.

The workshop attracted various stakeholders such as; high level officials from the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights; as well as the Commission on Administrative Justice.

The research fellows sensitized on the importance of integrating the public and private sector in order to further the development of integrity. Moreover, there was an emphasis on the need to foster a culture of ethics and integrity both in the private and public sector.

The main take away from the conference was the need to deal with the problem of truth and trust, whereby, a need to not only make corruption more expensive than honesty but also investing in the trust of public institutions is required.  One of the lessons learnt is the duty attached to voting as a civic duty for all.

Indeed, the workshop provided an insight on the way forward with regards to integrity in Kenya, especially during this election period, with ideas set out at the end as to work with the laws and institutions already in place to further ethical standards and values.

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