Trust is at the heart of every economic and social activity. Trust reduces transaction costs. It serves as an essential ingredient for creating new forms of cooperation and thereby benefits business and society as a whole. Furthermore, trust in organisations is critical to ensuring legitimacy and good governance. However, studies show that trust in government and business has been eroding over the last decades. While the reasons for these developments are complex and multifaceted, corruption is certainly part of the puzzle. Issues such as large-scale bribery, political corruption, tax evasion schemes feed into the mistrust of the public towards elites, governmental institutions and corporations. While the public and the private sector are stepping up efforts, there is still a gap between commitment and implementation.
This year, as we gear up towards celebrating 50(+3) years of Botswana’s Democratic Independence, the Botswana Centre for Public Integrity (BCPI) wishes to take a more reflective tone to the festivities in light of recent political scandals and conflicts. The recently uncovered scandals of the misuse of public funds have showed that; first, there is a lot Batswana still don’t know about the “ins and outs” of government processes and second; there is an even greater need to increase efforts in the fight against corruption. Therefore, in a continued effort to create a culture of integrity, transparency and accountability among all sectors in Botswana, the BCPI wishes to host its 2nd Annual Integrity Week