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The history of International Anti-Corruption Day: 9 December

The history of International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) can be traced back to the global efforts to address corruption and promote transparency and accountability in various sectors. Over the years, there has been a growing recognition of the detrimental impact of corruption on society, leading to concerted actions to combat this pervasive issue. Efforts have been made to instill anti-corruption values from an early age, with initiatives focusing on educating students about the fundamental principles of anti-corruption (Marunduri & Harefa, 2022; Nazifah, 2020; Adhayanto et al., 2021; Ulfa et al., 2022; Ilham & Hardiyanti, 2020). These educational endeavors aim to internalize anti-corruption values in individuals, shaping their worldview and fostering a commitment to upholding integrity in all aspects of life.

Every year on December 9th, the world observes International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD), a day dedicated to raising awareness of corruption and the steps that anybody can take to combat it.

Furthermore, the fight against corruption has extended to professional spheres, such as the education sector, where teachers and future educators are being equipped with the knowledge and tools to impart anti-corruption values to their students (Sumaryati et al., 2023; Ulfa et al., 2022). This proactive approach seeks to prepare the next generation to be inherently resistant to corrupt practices, thereby contributing to the broader national goal of creating a just and prosperous society.

International organizations have also played a pivotal role in advancing anti-corruption efforts, with a focus on implementing mechanisms to reduce corruption risks and enhance transparency and accountability (Kohler & Bowra, 2020; Chang et al., 2021). The Global Fund, for instance, has developed anti-corruption, transparency, and accountability (ACTA) mechanisms to mitigate grant-related risks and procurement fraud, demonstrating a commitment to combating corruption (Chang et al., 2021).

Moreover, the fight against corruption has not been limited to national boundaries, with international cooperation and standards playing a crucial role in addressing this global challenge (Hanini, 2021; Topchii et al., 2021; Bondarenko et al., 2020). Countries have engaged in collaborative efforts to combat corruption, recognizing that the impact of corruption extends beyond individual nations and requires a synergistic approach to effectively address it (Bondarenko et al., 2020).

In conclusion, the history of InternationalAnti-Corruption Day reflects a concerted global endeavor to combat corruption through multifaceted strategies, encompassing education, professional development, international cooperation, and the implementation of anti-corruption mechanisms. These efforts underscore the recognition of corruption as a pervasive threat that demands sustained and collaborative action to uphold integrity, transparency, and accountability on a global scale. 


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