Fraud-Fighting Academic Initiative (“FFAI”)
Fraud-Fighting Academic Initiative (“FFAI”) is a collaborative academic project that aims to produce supporting tools, resources and conduct research for academic institutions in order to encourage the teaching of anti-corruption issues through several disciplines.
The FFAI Initiatives include organizing panel discussions, engaging anti-corruption experts, facilitating training programs, organizing talks and conducting surveys to develop a comprehensive academic strategy to better highlight the importance of using education to combat corruption. The FFAI , which will provides its teaching materials free of charge online, has held various sessions around Pakistan to bring together professors who have expertise in teaching anti-corruption to those who lack knowledge in the field ultimately providing professional support and discussing lessons learned.
Fraud-Fighting Academic Initiative
Fraud Fighting provides tools, recommendations and resources to higher education institutions to increase integrity and fight corruption through education.
The objective of FFAI is to augment the view that the role of academia is central in the fight against corruption. Through teaching, we aim to give meaning to what effective implementation of the fraud and anti-corruption education looks like and to explore sustainable anti-corruption measures. We want to highlight the need for educators at the university level to build sustainable initiatives in five central categories.
The first is capacity building, which includes a deep awareness of anti-corruption issues and the policy measures necessary to address them.
The second is the sustainability of anti-corruption, which requires that educators go beyond the law in order to create a culture of integrity.
The third encompasses the understanding of the unique context in which corruption exists, which can be strengthened by including civil society in the discussion.
The fourth is the independence of the educators and their ability to be transparent in order to provide pragmatic, realistic expectations rather than overpromising and underperforming.
The final category of necessary initiatives is the sharing of results through communication and publication. Fraud Fighting will aid in this initiative by providing free e-text books and educational resources through www.fraudfighting.org
In addition to these priorities in anti-corruption education, we emphasized that teaching must go beyond the formal classroom setting. We want to connect students in classroom with students from around the world via video conferencing to enhance the anti-corruption discussion. In future, we also want to bring groups of students to Pakistan where they brainstorm, design and implement anti-corruption solutions and interact with local community members.