Name: Shaazka Beyerle
Which seat are you nominating for? Individual Member Seat
I have been a member of the UNCAC Civil Society Coalition for over seven years, and previously had the honour and pleasure of serving as an Individual Member from 2013-2016. Working in the sphere of anti-corruption since 2004, my focus has been on how people power and a strong, active civil society – nationally and transnationally – can impact corruption at the nexus of socio-political-economic injustice for positive change. People power involves three dynamics which are applicable to the UNCAC Coalition: (1) disruption of the status quo by elevating civil society voices and input and pressuring decision-makers; (2) empowered engagement with and positive reinforcement for state decisionmakers, including genuine anti-corruption champions and reforms as well as nonstate allies from sectors beyond civil society; (3) power of numbers, as reflected in our coalition voice representing many organizations and groups around the world.
Top Three Priorities to Achieve for the Coalition
- Beneficial ownership
- Reassessment and identification of new Coalition strategies and priorities in light of the global Covid19 pandemic
- Civil society engagement and input into UNCAC processes, country activities, engagement with decisionmakers (including but not limited to the Transparency Pledge)
Profile of Candidate
Shaazka Beyerle is a senior fellow at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, George Mason University, and a senior research advisor for the United States Institute of Peace‘s (USIP) Program on Nonviolent Action. She’s a researcher, writer and educator in nonviolent action, with a focus on anti-corruption, accountability (including linkages to governance, development, and violent conflict) as well as gender and nonviolent action. She’s the author of Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice. She was previously the lead researcher for a World Bank-Nordic Trust Fund project and co-author of the subsequent report, Citizens as Drivers of Change: Practicing Human Rights to Engage with the State and Promote Transparency and Accountability. In 2016, she was a visiting professor at the University for Peace, and in 2014, testified at a US Congress Helsinki Commission on combating corruption in the OSCE region.
She speaks frequently at conferences, workshops, universities and webinars, such as: Columbia Law School Center for Public Integrity; George Washington University Law School; Global Partnership for Social Accountability Global Partners Forum; Harvard University; International Anti-Corruption Conferences; ParlAmericas Open Parliament Network; Third Conference of States Parties-UNCAC; Transparency International Summer School on Integrity; and the World Bank Fragility Forum.