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Innovation Hub

Cabinet Office (Government Digital Service)

Estimated Completion, May 2017

The Innovation Hub is designed to connect social innovators, technology experts and data scientists with law enforcement, business and civil society to collaborate on innovative approaches to anti-corruption. The Hub will champion innovative ways to report, detect and investigate corruption, as well as collaborating on identifying and supporting emerging anti-corruption innovations. Good practice will be shared amongst partners, and established conferences and multilateral stakeholder groups will be used to highlight innovative anti-corruption initiatives and opportunities for collaboration.

Innovation against corruption

THE PROBLEM

Around the world, anti-corruption activists from all backgrounds are finding innovative technological methods to better expose and understand the many ways that corruption manifests. But all too often, anti-corruption initiatives are often poorly coordinated across sectors and lack the broad audience needed to support their growth.

The Anti-Corruption Innovation Hub will connect anti-corruption stakeholders from all sectors and backgrounds, endeavouring to find solutions to the challenge of corruption more effective and inclusive than existing approaches.

WHAT HAPPENED AT THE SUMMIT

At the Anti-Corruption Summit the UK committed to launch an Anti-Corruption Innovation Hub “with other countries to support social innovators, technology experts, and data scientists to collaborate with law enforcement and civil society organisations on innovative approaches to anti-corruption”. The commitment was reiterated in the UK’s 2016-2018 Open Government Partnership National Action Plan.

The goal of the Hub is to:

“Champion the use of innovative ways to report, detect and investigate corruption; collaborate on identifying and supporting, emerging anti-corruption innovations; share good practice and promote the use of anti-corruption innovations, and use established conferences and multilateral stakeholder groups to highlight innovative anti-corruption initiatives and opportunities for collaboration.”

Several countries have expressed interest in participating in the Hub: Switzerland, Indonesia, Spain, Georgia, UAE, Australia, Norway and France. The Omidyar Network will provide support to the Hub. In addition Thomson Reuters, Vodafone and Transparency International UK have also expressed interest in working with the UK during the incubation phase.

WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN NEXT?

The Anti-Corruption Innovation Hub is due to be operationalised in May.