US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was awarded Transparency International-USA’s Integrity Award for her work in promoting transparency and integrity worldwide this week. Transparency International (TI) recognized Secretary Clinton as an international leader in anti-corruption advocacy in government, business and development assistance.
In Secretary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department, she has become a champion for transparency by making corruption a focal point of US foreign policy — shedding light on the damaging effects of corruption on both the developed and developing world. Her leadership has played an integral role in international anti-corruption agreements such as the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention and the UN Convention against Corruption, and through her work with the OECD, G8, G20 and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. In November 2011 at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, Secretary Clinton announced the United States would join the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), a huge step toward making US foreign assistance more transparent and accountable.
Alan P. Larson, board chair for TI-USA announced the award, commending Secretary Clinton’s leadership and advocacy on anti-corruption, noting that they have strengthened US foreign policy and elevated international initiatives for effective action and cooperation. Secretary Clinton’s work on improving transparency and accountability is directly aligned with ONE’s efforts to open governance to accelerate progress on poverty reduction. It is essential that countries make commitments to deliver and use aid in ways that promote transparent and accountable financing for development, and that focus clearly on results. This will help enable citizens in both developing and developed countries to see what resources are available, how they are spent, and what results they achieve so that they can all hold their governments to account. We congratulate Secretary Clinton on this award, and we look forward to her continued leadership and support on these issues.