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Latest projects with Business students

During the academic year 2014-2015, Transparency International (TI) carried out 9 projects with students from Business Schools of the CEMS Alliance. These short-term pro bono consultancies, where students work on real-life challenges, have provided some interesting results that have helped to strengthen TI in various ways…

Developing a crowdfunding campaign

A group of students from the Stockholm School of Economics helped Transparencia Venezuela, TI’s chapter in Venezuela, to develop a crowdfunding campaign in the United States. Thy provided an assessment of the most suitable crowdfunding platforms for Transparencia Venezuela’s work and a checklist on how to launch a campaign. They developed a concept for fundraising from the public that shows people very concretely the impact of their donation.

 The project was a success for TI and the students:

The concept and the information the students compiled for us will be of great use, not only for our crowdfunding campaign in the US, but also for other future projects. The students work is excellent, extremely useful and can be inspiring for other chapters.

Mercedes de Freitas, TI Board Member and Executive Director of Transparencia Venezuela

 "Collaborating with Transparency International was an extremely rewarding experience. Knowing the importance of the project for TI’s future financial sustainability, as well as being aware of the noble cause that moves the Organisation, motivated us to give our utmost to find the best solution. This would not have been possible without the professionalism, availability and support of TI Berlin."

Sophia Reich, Verena Stacheneder, Francesco Dolzani, Gonzalo Pernas Alonso, CEMS Business School students

The use of social media in fighting corruption

Transparency International researcher Dieter Zinnbauer asked students of the Copenhagen Business School to identify the possibility of using social media data to further understand and potentially reduce corruption. A blog on their research findings is published on the Anti-Corruption Research Network website.

Corruption in climate financed projects in Kenya

Economic Cost Assessment and Mitigation Measures

At the request of TI Climate governance team, students from the University of Cologne investigated how and when corruption occurs in specific large-scale on-grid renewable energy projects in Kenya, quantified the direct costs from corruption and discussed possible recommendations to policy-makers on how to best mitigate corruption in in the Kenyan renewable energy sector.

Business plans and resource mobilization opportunities for TI’s climate work

A study has been realised by students from the Bocconi University to help TI Chapters in their fundraising efforts on climate governance integrity – in cooperation with the Climate governance team at TI secretariat and TI Chapters working on climate issues from Africa and Asia. The study looks into how to diversify TI’s funding base, considering different opportunities like crowdfunding and high-net-worth individuals. It also formulates recommendations on how TI could approach private sector actors from seven key sectors: Insurance, Forestry, Agro-Food, Fishing, Tourism, Green Energy and Finance.

Youth are standing up against corruption:

Exploring how to empower youth to obtain their fundamental rights and conduct their professions while holding up integrity and overcoming corruption

Student teams from 4 CEMS schools analysed potential opportunities for youth engagement in the fight against corruption and developed a strategy for Transparency International for youth involvement from 2015 to 2020 in these counties/regions. The students from HKUST Business School (Hong-Kong) focussed on China, the students from the Rotterdam School of Management looked at Italy, the students from the Norwegian School of Economics studied the Balkan region and the Nova School of Business and Economics (Lisbon) chose G20 countries.

New innovative sources of sustainable funding for TI Chile

Students from the Universidad Alfonso Ibanez (Chile) analysed the financial sustainability of TI Chile and made concrete recommendations to improve its internal financial management and suggested ways to secure additional funding.

Author : Marie Terracol

29 Oct 2015


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