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  • Tuesday, May 2 2017
  • Daniel Jiménez
  • Analysis
  • Geopolitics
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Abstract

This guide on whistleblowing has been written for Transparency International chapters and partner organisations that are working or considering working with whistleblowers as well as witnesses and victims of corruption across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. However, it should be of interest to anyone who wants to learn more about whistleblowing and the important concepts and principles that shape our understanding of the topic. Policy makers, as well as trade union representatives might also find the resource helpful.

There is growing awareness of the important role whistleblowing plays in stopping corruption. And anti-corruption organisations like Transparency International are working closely with others to set standards, campaign for legislation and support whistleblowers and witnesses around the world. TI chapters in particular have a role in promoting whistleblowing as an anti-corruption tool. They should also be aware of the opportunities to work with other civil society organisations in promoting whistleblowing as a way to prevent many other forms of harm to the public and the public interest.

The guide touches on whistleblowing provisions across the MENA region; the conditions that need to be met for whistleblowers to feel safe; as well as tips and arguments for campaigning for enhanced whistleblower safeguards. It draws from our research on whistleblowing and consultations with our partners in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen. Finally, it explores some of the steps organisations might want to take in supporting whistleblowers and the steps whistleblowers might take before and after speaking up.

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