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16. 05. 2014


"Glossary of Corruption" is an electronic publication of ANEM, produced within the project "Illustrated Glossary of Corruption", which ANEM implements in the partnership with the Anti-Corruption Agency and with financial support from the European Union.


In cooperation with prof. Čedomir Čupić, PhD, and Zlatko Minić, expert consultants on the project and the authors of the "Glossary", ANEM provided the citizens and the media with yet another form of education about key terms related to corruption and anti-corruption. Previously, within the same project, ANEM produced radio and TV series "Illustrated Glossary of Corruption", which treats the key terms related to corruption and anti-corruption in an educative manner, explaining them through local stories as illustrations, which the citizens can easily understand and recognize in their local communities. Both the "Glossary" and the series, along with their instructive purpose, have an important role in inciting citizens and the media to a more active involvement in the fight against corruption.

The "Glossary of Corruption" is comprised of 26 terms. The production of the "Glossary" began with 20 most important terms which were the topics of the episodes of the above mentioned radio and TV series. These terms are: 'pantouflage'; 'bribery'; 'gift'; 'trading in influence'; 'accumulation of functions'; 'meaningful expenditure of public funds'; 'public debate'; 'public officials' property cards'; 'transparency in the work of public authorities'; 'institutional integrity'; 'whistleblower'; 'complaint'; 'nepotism and cronyism'; 'conflict of interest'; 'accountability of public officials and institutions'; 'misuse of public resources'; 'oversight and control of budget expenditures'; 'abuse of discretionary powers'; 'perception of corruption'; 'illicit enrichment'.

The "Glossary" contains 6 more terms, including some basic ones: 'corruption'; 'prevention in anti-corruption efforts'; 'fight against corruption'; 'models of fighting corruption'; 'Anti-Corruption Agency'; 'lobbying'. Among the corruption-related terms explained in the "Glossary" there are those already known to the citizens (e.g. 'bribery', 'nepotism' etc.), as well as those the citizens are unfamiliar with (e.g. 'trading in influence', 'pantouflage' etc.).

Among the 26, there are more terms the importance and anti-corruption potential of which the citizens do not recognize enough, and these concern the means at the citizens' disposal for the fight against corruption (e.g. 'public debate', 'whistleblower', 'complaint' etc.), and the means for systemic prevention and dealing with corruption, which the media and citizens have to insist on (e.g. 'oversight and control of budget expenditures'; 'accountability of public officials'; 'transparency in the work of public authorities'; 'institutional integrity' etc.). Particular attention was paid to the importance and the role of independent state bodies with supervisory and control competencies.

The authors of the "Glossary" attempted to provide expert explanations of the chosen terms, which are still easily understandable. Additionally, almost all the terms are illustrated with general or concrete examples - both good and bad, and with solutions which lead to positive results. Also, readers of the "Glossary" can listen or watch episodes from the ANEM series "Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" via links in the chapters on 20 terms which were the subject of the series, and in the chapter on the term 'corruption'.

In this way, the "Glossary" should enable citizens and the media to more easily recognize corruption cases in their communities and to understand mechanisms at their disposal for the prevention of corruption and the fight against it. As a result, the publication should motivate them to get involved in dealing with corruption in a more active way, which is the primary goal of this project.

The "Glossary of Corruption" is available at the end of this page, both in Serbian and English.

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ANEM's Project "Illustrated Glossary of Corruption" is financed by the European Union within the Civil Society Facility Programme.



The contents of this text are the sole responsibility of ANEM and can in no way be taken to reflect the views and stands of the European Union. 


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