Prague Declaration on Governance and Anti-Corruption

Participants in the first World Forum on Governance, representing governments, business, investors, media and non-governmental advocacy groups from around the world, convened in Prague in November 2011 to analyze the link between governance and corruption and to find practical solutions that can begin improving the situation. The Forum was unique in bringing together representatives of both the public and private governance communities to discuss the problem of corruption in both its broad and narrow senses.

As a result of these discussions, co-directors of the forum Tom Mann, Governance Studies senior fellow, and Norm Ornstein, resident scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, along with Stephen Davis, nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and executive director, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management, and Nell Minow, member of the board at GovernanceMetrics International, who served on the Forum’s planning committee, developed an integrated analytic framework, known as the Prague Declaration on Governance and Anti-Corruption, to reinvigorate trust in democracy and good governance that is both effective and honest.