THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Implementation of key international mechanisms, such as
the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and the
Inter-American Convention Against Corruption, also enables
us to hold countries accountable in fulfilling their obligations
under international standards. INL provides foreign assistance
to experts from international organizations focused on combat-
ing corruption to bolster our efforts in international asset
recovery, government transparency and judicial integrity. For
example, we support Interpol workshops where law enforce-
ment officials from different countries can cooperate more
closely in recovering stolen assets. State Department funding
has also enabled U.N. mentors to train anti-corruption authori-
ties in West Africa and Central America.
INL and the rest of the State Department will continue our
work to strengthen justice systems, train law enforcement and
build institutions with partners committed to reducing wide-
spread corruption within their own countries. But anti-corrup-
tion policies are only as good as the political will that exists to
enforce them, and citizens’ willingness to hold their govern-
ments accountable is a key contributor to that political will.
This is why U.S. assistance will continue to support a broad
range of sectors and needs, adjusting to emerging trends.
Our programs will focus not just on good governance, but on
addressing the causes and facilitators of corruption.
This is not just a moral fight for more ethical, just societies. It
is an economic fight for fair, accountable, transparent systems
that allow for growth. And it is a fight we must wage both within
our borders and alongside our international partners to protect
our economic growth and stability, our security and our future.
Good governance is a goal we cannot afford to ignore.
This is not just a moral fight
for more ethical, just societies.
It is an economic fight for
fair, accountable, transparent
systems that allow for growth.