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Webinar: Cities, climate change and corruption – issues, dynamics, strategies

Corruption has the potential to disrupt urban development and responses to climate change. This webinar unpacks the relationship between these issues and discusses possible policy responses.
Highway in Panama City (Dieter Zinnbauer).


Ample evidence suggests that corruption has the toxic potential to disrupt both our ambitions for urban development as well as our response to climate change. This webinar unpacks the relationship between these three issues and provide an outlook on possible policy responses.

More specifically it broaches the following three questions:

  • How do urbanisation, corruption and climate change interact? What are the main dynamics and interrelationships?
  • What are the major corruption obstacles and risks on the path towards resilient, green, climate-adapted cities?
  • Based on the experience of tackling corruption in related areas what are viable policy responses and practical action options to respond to the urban-climate-corruption challenge?

A full video recording of the webinar can be found below. A briefing note on the topic – by key speaker Dieter Zinnbauer – is available to download from the right-hand column.


Dieter Zinnbauer, Transparency International

Dieter works on emerging policy issues and innovation for Transparency International (TI), an NGO present in more than 100 countries to fight corruption and promote good governance. His interests include new business models for anti-corruption, new levers for building organisational cultures of integrity, fresh alliances at the urbanisation and corruption nexus, and innovative approaches to making data understandable. He recieved his PhD from LSE’s Department of International Development.

Dieter previously served as Chief Editor of TI’s Global Corruption Report, published by Cambridge University Press, from March 2007 until February 2010. Prior to joining TI Dieter worked for more than 10 years in Asia, Africa, North America and Europe as policy analyst and research manager for a variety of organizations in the field of development, democratization and ICT policy, including with UNDP, UNDESA, and the European Commission.

Dieter holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Regensburg, Germany and a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He has held various post-doctorate research fellow positions on technology, governance and development issues.

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From villages in rural India to the corridors of power in Brussels, Transparency International gives voice to the victims and witnesses of corruption. TI works together with governments, businesses and citizens to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals.

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Webinar Information

This interactive webinar was held on January 16, 2018, 2 – 3 pm CET. All were welcome to join the webinar and to participate in the discussion.

A recording of the webinar is available (see below) and the presentation slides can be downloaded here.

Find out more about the webinar here.

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