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The 9th International Anti-Corruption Conference

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Abstracts of presentations

Day 3, Workshop 9

Eshuchi, Rufus :
Puppetry: Raising Awareness In Kenya

The paper describes how the Community Health Awareness Puppeteers (CHAPS) have used puppetry as a means of communicating developmental messages. It helps to break down racial, social and political barriers. It is often possible to speak of controversial topics more easily through puppets than through live actors. Furthermore, puppets are less expensive than full time actors. The process through which communities are involved in puppetry through training is explored.

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Madada, S.K. :
Raising Public Awareness: The Role of the Creative Arts

The presentation introduces the work of the International Anti- Corruption Theatrical Movement (IATM) in Uganda in raising awareness of corruption issues. IATM believes that artistic creativity is the basis for human economic development, since it originates from the deeper insights of man about their society. Arts can play a central role in communicating across barriers of language and culture. Theatre, dance, mime and other forms of art are especially suited for raising awareness among populations who are mainly illiterate and uninformed about their human rights, the obligations of the state for their welfare and their role as citizens. The paper lists several reasons why theatre is an effective medium of communication, and also notes some of its limitations. A series of general recommendations for the improvement of theatre for development and anti-corruption work are made. Finally, the IATM action plan for 1999-2002 is summarised.

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Packalén, Leif :
Comic Art: Targeting Developed and Developing Communities / the Use of Comics

Comics are one of many ways for NGO activists to communicate complicated, sometimes sensitive, information about civic issues. In order to be effective, comics must be created locally. If comics are culturally incorrect they can easily convey wrong messages. The main reason for using comics as a medium of communication is that it draws attention and interest of virtually all audiences by dramatising of the message. It is also cost effective and simple to generate. Its non-aggressive nature makes it possible to address sensitive issues, including political ones such as corruption.

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Zulu, Ben :
Raising Public Awareness: The Role of the Creative Arts Corruption: A Growing Concern

The presentation is based on a training video produced for the Zimbabwe Institute of Public Administration and Management (ZIPAM). It illustrates of how the creative arts can be used to raise public awareness on issues relating to corruption. The challenge is how to make corruption understood in all its dimensions, particularly the social, political and cultural contexts. Studies have shown that audio-visual media, like other art, are good when they make reference to the particular context of their audiences by drawing on shared socio-historical background. In this way, the audio-visual media may serve as a vehicle for binding people together by representing the common memory of the past, how people understand and interpret their ordinary lives and a common representation of what people would collectively wish to become. Specifically, film and video respond to, and indirectly represent, the social, cultural and political changes and the concerns these arouse in people and how they behave as they go about their daily lives.

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