Collective Action to Combat

March 16, 2015
Washington, DC

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability with the Governance Global Practice invite you to a BBL:


A Collective Action Approach to Combat Corruption: the Case of the Dominican Republic


Light lunch will be served | Monday March 16, 2015 12:30- 2:00pm | Room J9-044, 701 18th Street NW, Washington DC  



Daniel Kaufmann
President, Natural Resource Governance Institute


Andrea Gallina
Senior Governance Specialist, World Bank


Roby Senderowitsch
Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability, World Bank


Aránzazu Guillán Montero
Senior Program Advisor at U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre


Sophie Sirtaine
Country Director, the Caribbean Region, World Bank


The governance situation in the DR has historical roots and remains challenging. The traditional approaches to anticorruption and governance improvements have not yielded the desired results and the internationally used benchmark indicators show little advancement, and sometimes even show a reversal in some dimensions of the country's governance.


In contrast, the country has performed better in terms of progress on fundamental political and civil liberties. The Dominican Republic performs well on indicators such as voice and accountability, and there is space for people to participate and debate on governance challenges. This combination presented an opportunity in terms of a novel participatory approach to address the challenge of corruption.


The World Bank Group together with 12 other development partners and the government of the Dominican Republic therefore chose to experiment with a new approach to governance improvements through the Participatory Anticorruption Initiative (IPAC in Spanish), launched in 2010. The multi-stakeholder coalition of the IPAC, aimed at improving governance and combating corruption, led to positive and tangible changes in a very short time frame and with minimal investment.


The BBL will explore the rationale behind this success and the lessons learned. Presenting the outcomes of their study "A Collective Action Approach Against Corruption: the Case of the Dominican Republic" (Working Paper 3 published by the GPSA), the authors will discuss the IPAC strategy, their views on its achievements and shortcomings, follow-up recommendations, and broader implications for initiatives in other settings. The paper contributes to the analysis and debate about the benefits and challenges of participatory initiatives promoting good governance and anti-corruption, in the Dominican Republic and elsewhere, while also concretely identifying possible follow-up initiatives.  




Daniel Kaufmann | President, Natural Resource Governance Institute
Daniel Kaufmann is the president of the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), a policy institute and non-profit international organization operating in dozens of countries. An economist, he is a pioneer in the field of governance and anti-corruption worldwide. Dr. Kaufmann is also a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution, and in the past  held high-level positions at the World Bank. He serves on the international board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, as well as on the board of Transparency International (US).  a Chilean national, he is widely published in various fields, and he received an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics at Harvard, and a B.A. in economics and statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Andrea Gallina | Senior Governance Specialist, World Bank
Andrea Gallina is Senior Governance Specialist at the World Bank Latin America and Caribbean Region, where he coordinates the Caribbean Growth Forum - a multi-stakeholders initiative to promote reforms in the Caribbean- and was formerly the coordinator of the Participatory Anti-Corruption Initiative in the Dominican Republic. Prior to join the WB he was Country Manager for Vietnam and South East Asia coordinator of the Italian NGO GVC and tenured professor at the Department of Society and Globalization, Roskilde University, Denmark. He taught at the European University Institute, at the universities of Chapingo, Rome, Valdivia, Hanoi, Technological Institute of Santo Domingo, Meknes, and Tirana and worked as consultant for the European Union, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the International Labor Organization, and the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Secretariat. He has published internationally on the political economy of regional integration, international migration, and innovation and technical change.


Roby Senderowitsch | Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability, World Bank
Roby Senderowitsch is currently serves as Program Manager of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). Previously he served as Country Manager of the World Bank in the Dominican Republic. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University, his work in the Bank included a strong focus on political economy analysis, building coalitions for change, anti-corruption, and performance based management of public institutions. Before joining the Bank, Roby work with several NGOs in Argentina and Cuba, where he served as the Field Representative of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He has been a lecturer in Human Resource management in nonprofit organizations, as well as director of educational programs and community development and human resource management in the private sector. Roby holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Buenos Aires and a series of postgraduate courses at Harvard and Stanford University.


Sophie Sirtaine | Country Director, the Caribbean Region, World Bank
Sophie Sirtaine, a national of Belgium, is the Country Director for Caribbean countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region, where she holds responsibility for fourteen countries. With over fourteen years of experience, Ms. Sirtaine has held various positions in the Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia and Europe and Central Asia regions; the Corporate Secretariat and Operations, Policy and Country Services (OPCS). During this period, she gained extensive experience in Bank Operations and led the Bank's banking Sector crisis response in several EU countries during the 2008-09 global financial crisis.  Her most recent post was Director of the Corporate Reform and Strategy Department in OPCS. In her current position as Director for the Caribbean region, Ms. Sirtaine is responsible for maintaining a strong partnership with the governments of Caribbean Countries in order to address their development and financial challenges.  She also leads the Bank's country program support in these countries and oversees the management of the country offices.


Aránzazu Guillán Montero | Senior Program Advisor, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre
Aránzazu Guillán Montero is Senior Program Advisor at U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, working on issues related to people's engagement and anti-corruption in sectors. Prior to joining U4, she worked for the World Bank on institutional strengthening and capacity development projects on transparency, access to information, public sector management and citizen participation. Aránzazu holds a PhD in Government and a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University.  



This event is part of the GPSA Brown Bag Lunch series.