The issues of fraud and corruption, rule of law, good governance, accountability and transparency are intrinsically intertwined, same way that development challenges affect the people in diverse ways. These are multifaceted civil, public, corporate and private sector problems hampering socio-economic, humanitarian and political development, a bad situation, which has become a dent on the conscience of many individuals, groups, institutions, organizations and communities around the world. It is therefore important to extend the needed attention to such corrupt and fraud practices, transparency, accountability, good governance and rule of law violations affecting human development, and gains made by groups, agencies, institutions and organizations.
Sadly, traditional forms of actions/agitations against corruption and fraud, accountability, rule of law, transparency and good governance violations such as protest/demonstrations and even violent military coups, interventions and/or overthrow of governments have woefully failed to achieve the desired results. This invariably, calls for a paradigm shift to a constant and consistent engagement, empowerment and systematic development of the grassroots to acquire the rightful knowledge, skill sets and self-confidence to fight corruption and fraud, transparency, accountability, good governance and rule of law violations.
At the interface between the bottom of the societal pyramid, grassroots level, ordinary citizens, students, early to mid-term professionals, lower ranked civil, public, corporate and private sector leadership, officials and personnel, the international course on ‘High Leverage and Applicable Strategies for Combating Corruption and Fraud,’ provides a formidable platform for constant and consistent engagement, empowerment and systematic development of capabilities and self-confidence relative to corruption and fraud, accountability, transparency, rule of law and good governance violations prevention and/or remedies through non-formal education.