Traverse: Corruption and the Commodity Sector

Thursday, 16.11.2017 – Thursday, 16.11.2017

Public event

Women, men and children from a village in Sierra Leone, standing waist-deep in water in a gold mine trying to wash away the dirt from the extracted gold.
Karefa Jalloh is 13 years old and spends his weekends working in the gold mines with men, women and children from his village in northern Sierra Leone. Without the money he makes he would not be able to pay his school fees. © William Vest-Lillesøe/IBIS

Challenges and Room for Action for Switzerland and its Development Cooperation.

Location: Schule für Gestaltung Bern, Aula

Introduction by Ambassador Manuel SAGER, Director-General of SDC

  • Dr. Arne STRAND, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Director
  • Prof. Mark PIETH, Professor of Criminal Law at University of Basel, Anti-Corruption Expert
  • Alexandra READHEAD, Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development
  • Mike FALKE, German International Cooperation GIZ
  • Markus NÖTHIGER, Extractive Industries and Commodity Expert
  • Markus MUGGLIN, Author of „Konzerne unter Beobachtung“ (2016) – Moderator

SDC would like to invite interested parties and a broader audience to join a discussion on challenges regarding corruption in the commodity sector faced by commodity companies, development agencies and policy makers alike. The event will convene different stakeholders in a constructive manner to seek a shared understanding of the problem and a way forward, in terms of common approaches and areas of joint action.

We are looking forward to a lively debate!

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 14:00–16:00 (followed by refreshments)

Registration by 8 November 2017 at Free of charge, limited number of participants, the discussion will be in English. Further information: