Conference Theme

The full breadth of ethical concern for international development is to be considered in this conference (Theme 6), but this eleventh IDEA conference has as its main focus the analysis of the roles of political corruption and anti-corruption within societies, in globalization, and in international development, as well as the modifying effects of democratic governance upon these (Themes 1-5).

IDEA particularly invites submissions from practitioners and scholars that focus upon:

THEME – 1: Conceptual Analysis: Democracy, Corruption and Ethics

  • • Gender dimensions of corruption and integrity
  • • Equality, justice, rights, group rights, cosmopolitan responsibility
  • • Agency, autonomy, capabilities, empowerment, freedom, gender equity
  • • Democracy, citizenship, constitutionalism,
  • • Law, judicial reform, access to justice
  • • Poverty, inequality, economic and gender justice
  • • Intergenerational and environmental justice
  • • Human Development Reports, Global Gender Gap Reports, Sustainable Development Goals, measurements, standards

THEME – 2: Corruption and Persistence in Societies

  • • Overt corruption and its persistence in societies and governing regimes
  • • Acceptance and rejection of corruption in local and international business
  • • Pervasiveness of corruption and its effects on sport, media, education, etc.

THEME – 3: Victims of Corruption and Their Empowerment

  • • Identifying the greatest victims of corruption, the means for their empowerment, and the means for addressing their past and continuing losses
  • • Identifying the particular impact of corruption upon women’s lives

THEME – 4: Solutions to Corruption and Anti-corruption Strategies

  • • Integrity as a counter to corruption, and ethical foundations of integrity
  • • Solutions for individual accountability and institutional credibility and integrity
  • • Anti-corruption strategies in local, national, transnational and international governance, and those born of democratic and social movements
  • • Anti-corruption roles of NGOs, news and social media
  • • Anti-corruption and democratic development with a regard for gender and human rights perspectives

THEME – 5: Practices and Proxy for Overt Corruption

  • • Thinly democratic institutions and neglect of minority group or gender concerns
  • • Institutions, mechanisms and norms within societies supporting privilege, social inequality, exclusion and gender injustice
  • • Institutions, mechanisms and norms in the global institutional order that support inequality of political power, epistemic injustice, and unfair distributions in global trade

THEME – 6: Applied ethics, politics, economics and social theory for development
Applied Ethics:

  • • Violence, Conflict, war, terrorism,  
  • • Environment, sustainability, remediation
  • • Gender, race, intersectionality, and exclusion


  • • Self-determination, sovereignty, non-domination, autonomous rule, shared Governance and devolution of governance
  • • Local, national, transnational and global political orders


  • • Economic globalization, global economy, markets, labour

Social Theory:

  • • Patriarchy, post-colonialism, imperialism, post-development
  • • Reproductive health, public health, health care, population
  • • Culture, education, gender roles, religion
  • • Feminist epistemology, knowledge, power
  • • Movements, activism, avant-garde agency

IDEA invites presentations from diverse theoretical, conceptual and applied perspectives including philosophical argument, empirical analysis, examinations of policy, and reports and proposals for policy and action informed by practitioner experience in development activities. The conference will engage scholars and practitioners from around the world and from a wide variety of disciplines and activities (including philosophy and other humanities, social sciences, educational sciences, policy studies, development, social work, NGOs, IGOs, local and global agencies and organizations, government officials and policy makers). IDEA particularly welcomes submissions from scholars and practitioners in countries of the global South.