Talk takes aim at political corruption

A leading scholar will discuss ‘Political Corruption in the Caribbean- Where to from Here?’at the University College of the Cayman Islands Thursday evening. 

Professor Trevor Munroe will help UCCI launch the first of its Distinguished Public Lecture Series at 6pm at the UCCI Sir Vassel Johnson Hall.  

Since 2011, Mr. Munroe has been executive director of Jamaica’s National Integrity Action Limited, a not for profit NGO dedicated to the building of integrity and the combat of corruption in Jamaica on a non-partisan basis. Prior to this he directed the National Integrity Action Forum a coalition of leaders of public sector anti-corruption agencies, a two-year project launched in 2009 and supported by USAID. In 2012, Mr. Munroe was appointed an individual member of Transparency International, the only such person from the Caribbean, one among 27 in the world. 

As a scholar, he was promoted to professor of Government and Politics at the UWI in 1998 and appointed founding director of the Centre for Leadership and Governance in 2006. He had previously served as head of the Mona Campus’ Department of Government. 

He is the author or co-author of eight books, primarily on issues of Caribbean democratic governance. His 1972 book on Jamaican politics remains the authoritative work on Jamaica’s transition to Independence. He has written extensively on issues of corruption and governance, including authoring Transparency International’s National Integrity System country studies of Jamaica, the Caribbean and, most recently, the Turks and Caicos Islands. 

Mr. Munroe, a Jamaican Rhodes Scholar, who attained his doctorate at Oxford University, after first class honours degree at UWI, has received many academic awards, including the UWI Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, The Mona Campus Principal’s Award for Research, the Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences from Florida International University The First From the English-speaking Caribbean and taken up Fulbright Fellowships at Harvard University in the United States. At the secondary level, he was educated at St. George’s College where he excelled in academics, debating and track athletics. 

He served as a senator in the Jamaican Parliament between 1998 and 2007, championing integrity building measures and playing an active role on Parliamentary Committees dealing with corruption prevention.  

UCCI’s Distinguished Lecture Series is being presented under the patronage of the University Board Chair, Mrs. Berna Cummings. 

The series aims to bring to the Caymanian Public the best thinking and ideas on a range of issues and subject areas affecting the Cayman Islands and the general Caribbean. It is hoped that this will help to form synergistic networks among members of the University College of the Cayman Islands, the wider community and various organisations and businesses. 

The lecture will also serve to kick off preparations for UCCI’s Caribbean Conference slated for March 2014 with the theme, “Towards a Corruption-Free Caribbean: Ethics, Values, 
and Morality. 

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