One Just World Forum - Governance, Corruption and World Poverty

Should We Give Aid to Countries Whose Governments are Corrupt?

A One Just World Forum at the University of Sydney

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25 May, 2011

Good governance is central to a country functioning well, and corruption is the enemy of good governance. It is a serious crime that undermines social and economic development, and can even make fragile countries dysfunctional. Fighting corruption is a global concern because it is found in both rich and poor countries, but evidence shows it hurts poor societies more.

In a corrupt society, women are affected disproportionately when it comes to taking part in decision-making, the protection of rights or the control over resources. Some believe we shouldn’t give aid to countries that suffer poor governance and corruption because our efforts are wasted. But aid can help build sustainable government institutions, strengthen governance and target corruption, provide opportunities to stimulate economic growth, and help maintain the delivery of essential services.

What is the answer? Listen to this important forum and hear commentators with a breadth of experience in the development sector, explain how we can all help build good governance and put an end to corruption in the developing world.


  • Hetifah Sjaifudian Siswanda MMP – Member of the Indonesian Parliament's Commission IX and of the Parliament's Australian Alumni Group
  • Jane Ellis – Director, Transparency International Australia
  • Satish Chand – Professor, School of Business, University of NSW at The Australian Defence Force Academy
  • Joanna Hayter – Executive Director, International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA)
  • Matt Wade – Writer, Sydney Morning Herald
  • Professor Geoff Gallop AC (Moderator) – former Premier of WA and Director, Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney
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Sydney Ideas is delighted to be hosting more One Just World Forums at the University of Sydney in 2011.

One Just World is a national series of free, after-work speakers’ forums designed to involve the community in conversation and debate on key international development issues facing Australia, the Asia-Pacific and beyond. Past topics covered reflect the diversity of issues in this area: whether climate change, gender equality, international development, food and nutrition, human rights, or disability and development. All forums feature panel of experts that may include academics, economists, scientists, policy makers, and community workers. And you, the audience, will have an opportunity to put your questions to them.

One Just World a partnership between World Vision Australia, the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA), AusAID and a University in each state. One Just World was launched in July 2008 at Melbourne’s Federation Square by Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, and has so far held 30 successful forums in capital cities around Australia.

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