DN + AS – 19/05/2006 TI – 2010: Shaping our Strategic Agenda Background Information Questions & Answers regarding TI-2010 1. Why “TI-2010: Shaping our Strategic Agenda”? The prevalence of corruption across the world presents various challenges that for many seem impossible to overcome. But examples in history show that the will and determination of some can prevail: in South Africa the vision of ending the apartheid system without terrible bloodshed seemed to many an unlikely prospect, yet others were determined to bring about this change that they wanted. Through difficult years when it was widely thought that the fall of the Berlin wall was impossible, many others held on to their aspirations for an undivided Germany, and worked and campaigned to make it a reality. In Chile, the Pinochet regime came to an end in a democratic transition: the fulfilment of the aspirations of people who devoted themselves to achieving this. The anti-corruption movement can also think about the future we want to bring about, and articulate the plans and dreams that drive us towards their fulfilment. We may be surprised by what could be accomplished. So we are initiating TI-2010 (TI twenty-ten) because leading individuals and organisations, such as those engaged with TI, work proactively to achieve the future they desire. Such individuals and organisations don’t just sit and wait for opportunities or events to happen before acting – though they take advantage of those that do arise. They also decide where they want to go and then determine the best way to get there. This idea lies at the heart of the TI-2010 initiative. TI-2010 proposes that we work towards the future we want and which we believe we can shape. With TI-2010 we expect first to imagine what we want that future to look like. Only then can we identify those things we have been doing right in the past – in order to continue doing them - and those that we have not done before but that will help us reach our goals. 2. Why do this now? And why plan through 2010? We are doing this now because there is no reason to wait. We can develop today what the successes of TI should be in 2010. It is clear that TI’s first 13 years have provided a strong foundation to prepare us for a successful and productive future. TI-2010 will support the process that will allow the huge amount of human capital, knowledge and energy we have accumulated in our global movement to reach the milestone of this century’s first decade with great success. The period of four years until 2010 is enough to allow us not to be too constrained by immediate concerns, yet still short enough to allow for realistic planning towards the future we want to achieve. 3. Who participates in the process? Will I be involved? All of those engaged with TI, who believe in the change TI can make towards a better world, will be part of TI-2010. National chapters, the board of directors, individual members, the international secretariat, advisory council members, senior advisors and our donors and contributors, among others connected to TI, will be asked for their views – as will other individuals and organisations outside TI. TI-2010 is an exercise that will collect data through different means, including face-to-face interviews, brief questionnaires and surveys, among others, that welcome both individual and institutional contributions, thus allowing all those interested to add their voice. 4. Are we moving away from the 2003 Strategic Framework? No. TI-2010 will build on the foundation of the 2003 Strategic Framework. The 2003 Strategic Framework was an effort that involved the participation of the entire movement. It took place at a particular point in TI’s history, when we reached our 10th anniversary and took the opportunity to undertake an institutional strengthening process. At that time, we aimed to ensure that our growth and expanding voice in the world was supported by a sound governance structure, a clear decision on our main areas of work and a clear understanding of our shared values. TI-2010’s main aim is not to change the foundations set by the 2003 Strategic Framework. Rather, it is a moment of reflection, in which we will imagine the future we want to create. The process will certainly remain open to reviewing some of the issues set out in the Strategic Framework, but that is not the primary goal. Just as we all need to have in mind a clear map of where we are going when driving a car in order to reach our intended destination, we need to visualize where we, as a movement, and where we want to see ourselves in 2010. The greatest challenge lies in balancing our own particular personal or institutional aspirations and challenges with those of a global movement, of which we are all a part. 5. When will the process be completed? We envisage completing the consultation process and drafting of reports by Spring 2007, when it will be presented to the Board of Directors. Throughout this year there will be extensive consultations that will engage a range of stakeholders. The input of TI’s members is fundamental for the success of TI-2010. For this reason we will use the opportunity for face to face dialogue during the November 2006 AMM, among others, as an occasion to work together in shaping the ideas collected so far, as well as exploring new ones. 6. What do we expect at the end of the exercise? With TI-2010 we will have achieved a shared understanding of the future our global movement wants to create. This review of TI’s strategic framework will also help create a sense of regional priorities, support the building of stronger links between the chapters, and identify shared purposes across our worldwide movement. Finally, we will have also worked together to define what TI will see as successes in the future, and identified a framework of what will be needed to get there. Individuals and organisations that spearheaded some of the technological breakthroughs in medical science or in communications once envisioned cameras that were able to navigate human organs for a precise clinical diagnosis, or the use of all sorts of wireless communication devices in our daily life. So the leading global anti-corruption movement, we will think about the world it wants to help create. This lies at the core of TI-2010.
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