The Workshops

The workshops are small groups where the participants will share their experience, work creatively with and discuss topics related to the overall theme of ISFiT 2015: Corruption

The workshops of ISFiT 2015 are finally set, and you can now join the discussion and further define them! From August 15th, we open the applications where you choose which workshop to attend. The instructions on how to write your workshop essay also comes this day. Until then we want you to trade your ideas and thoughts of the workshops with us.

Given today’s increased level of knowledge of corruption, it is vital that we promote a change in attitudes towards this issue. By challenging the attitudes that sustain global levels of corruption, ISFiT aims to be at the forefront of the fight against corruption. We rest on the definition of corruption as the abuse of power in entrusted positions for private gains [1][2]. By also focusing on issues that are closely related to corruption, ISFiT aims to have a broad approach to this complex issue, in addition to focusing on grey areas.

Every year more than 2600 billion dollars are lost to corruption. This amounts to more than 5 percent of the world economy [3], and has consequences beyond the money that disappear. It alters the power structures in society, undermines the trust in democratic processes and threatens the stability of political institutions. This provides a breeding ground for insurgency and instability, and there is a close correlation between corruption and other criminal acts. Corruption affects business activities as the cost of investments increases and the conditions for competition change. An insufficient legal framework enhances the possibility to hide money obtained through corruption and other types of illicit cash flows. Corruption is a global problem and an obstacle to political and economic development.

The workshops are led by a group of four volunteer students from Trondheim and consists of 20-30 participants. Our wish is to create a constructive debate and dialog about attitudes towards corruption, across ideological and national borders. We gather young people from around the world who are open to new perspectives and opinions, and who are not afraid to promote their opinions. In the workshops, your attitudes towards corruption will be challenged and new solutions for the future will be formed. ISFiT 2015 puts corruption on the agenda to create a better future for young people in the world.

How can the workshops best relate to corruption? Join in and #tradeyourideas!

[1] Transparency International. (2008). Global Corruption Report 2008: Corruption in the Water Sector.

[2] United Nations Development Programme UNDP. (2008). Corruption and Development.

[3] The International Chamber of Commerce, Transparency International, The United Nations Global Compact and The World Economic Forum Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI). (2008). The Business Case Against Corruption.