Kenyan anti-corruption activist to deliver the Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale lecture

John Githongo, one of Kenya’s most prominent anti-corruption activists and CEO of INUKA Ni Sisi!, an NGO that does work on citizen empowerment and good governance, will give the annual Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

Titled “Corruption, Security, and Development: Volatile Nexus,” the talk will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. The lecture is sponsored by the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Yale Law School, and the Yale School of Management. The event is free and open to the public.

Githongo is also chair of the Africa Institute for Governing with Integrity; a board member of the Africa Center for Open Governance; and a commissioner of the Independent Commission on Aid Impact of the British government.

From 2003 to 2004, Githongo served as permanent secretary for governance and ethics in the post-transition government of Kenya’s third president, Mwai Kibaki. However, he began to expose corruption within the administration that appointed him. Fearing for his safety, he fled Kenya and spent time in Britain. He returned to Kenya in 2008. His story is told in Michela Wrong’s book “It’s Our Turn to Eat.”

In 2011, Githongo was selected as one of the world’s 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine and one of the world’s top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. He has been a correspondent for the Economist.

The Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale was established in 1992 to support intersecting endeavors among specialists in international relations, international law, and the management of international enterprises and organizations. Previous lecturers in the series have included Michael Doyle, Gary Hart, Tom Friedman, Nicholas Kristof, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Sam Nunn, Sadako Ogata, Samantha Power, Mary Robinson, Raghuram Rajan, Eboo Patel, Mo Ibrahim, Marwan Muasher, and Raila Odinga.

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