Administrative and political corruption in La Guajira

Jan 28, 2022 | New

The Anti-Corruption Institute, in conjunction with Transparency for Colombia and Dejusticia, have intervened in the follow-up recommendations made by the Constitutional Court regarding corruption and the situation around the lack of care for children in La Guajira. In a memorandum, we conceptualized the relationship between corruption and the violation of the rights of indigenous children and adolescents in La Guajira, which was divided into three parts: (i) Corruption and Human Rights, (ii) A diagnosis of corruption in the department of La Guajira and (iii) Recommendations: anti-corruption measures in public procurement.

During the initial analysis to diagnose levels of corruption in the department of La Guajira, two forms of corruption were identified: administrative and political.

In the first, the Radiography of Corruption 2016 – 2020 identified 37 acts of corruption in this department. Of these, 43% correspond to administrative corruption, which occurs mainly through irregularities in public contracting and procurement.

In the second analysis, of the 37 cases of corruption that were identified, 27% are of political corruption. There are various examples of corruption cases that have involved elected officials, which reinforces the lengthy institutional crisis that has led to the violation of the rights of the department’s inhabitants.

The principal recommendations that were suggested to overcome the various activities and omissions that sustain corruption in La Guajira are:

1. Protect and recompense victims of corruption.

2. Strengthen the rule of law and democratic institutions.

3. Promote the guarantee of equality and non-discrimination.

4. Strengthen participation and social inclusion.

5. Strengthen mechanisms for claims to be made and access to justice.

6. Create and guarantee access to public information.

7. Improve proactive transparency measures in public management and their accountability to citizens.

8. Incorporate gender and diversity perspectives within anti-corruption activity. This is essential if you want to find solutions that claim to be comprehensive, effective and efficient.

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