Governance for all
An Informed Society is a resilient society
An informed Society is a sustainable society
An informed Society is a Prepared Society
An informed society is an educated society
Strive to be an informed society
Necessary to the completeness of the whole.
Adherence to moral and ethical principles.
Soundness of moral character, honesty.
Advance Integral Development (AID) ™ was founded to support and promote ‘Governance For All (GFA)’ inspired after research identified a lack of knowledge and in some cases incorrect information and outdated perceptions within society on criminal activities. Additionally, motivated by qualitative data retrieved during field testing in West Africa and by the desire to promote ethical behaviour.
AID’s strategy includes improving the understanding of organised crime and explores perceptions of civil society including complex societies. This information is then converted into a dynamic deliverable that can be used for societal education on several levels.
Advance Integral Development™ aims to support the development of integral organisations for countering transnational organised crime, especially concerning Trafficking In Persons (TIP), and Anti Mafia Tactics (AMT), educating society and improving the reach of like minded organisations. Advance Integral Development™ is a not-for-profit organisation.
We measure our achievements by analysing and comparing qualitative and quantitative data, historical research and information and using pre and post project assessment techniques. This would normally be done by using questionnaires and conducting interviews. Achievements are also measured by the support given to Advance Integral Development and other organisations as a result of our projects and by the quantity of requests for more information and donations that are received.
To increase social capital, this is the ability of people to work together for common purposes in groups and organisations.
The UN identify that “Through corruption, criminal groups generate poverty. Corruption determines the misusing of Governments' resources by diverting them from sectors of vital importance such as health, education and development. Poor people are therefore deprived of economic growth and development opportunities. The price of public services rises and the economically deprived people can no longer afford them.
As the poor become poorer, the corruption feeds the poverty and inequality” This growing socio-economic inequality causes the loss of confidence in public institutions. Social instability and violence increase because of the growing inequality, poverty and mass mistrust of political leaders and institutions.
By identifying trends in criminal activity citizens are able to make an informed decision and make discerning choices regarding ethical consumerism and investment. Also, by educating new generations AID attempts to : -
· Change perceptions,
· Increase the level of trust society has for law enforcement and public and professional organisations,
· Promote the development of an ethical, moral mindset for future generations,
· Promote empowerment activities, discussions and debates about organised crime within communities,
· Share local, national and international statistics with the community.
An informed society is a sustainable society.
By making information and data collated publicly available on the world-wide-web during and after a project completion, and offering feedback options on individual project blog pages, this will promote the ability for citizens to contact and interact with local community organisations such as neighbourhood watch, Local Resilience Forums (LRF), and other international multi agency crime fighting organisations.
This unique venture supports positive change, develop and foster greater trust in society. The United Nations state, “organised crime adopts all forms of corruption to infiltrate political, economic and social levels all over the world”.
More money spent on legitimate businesses can eventually benefit our communities by redirecting funds expected to support organised crime back into our own legitimate economies, ultimately boosting our economy. Also, approaching legitimate business and suggesting they reduce some of their cost prices to make items more affordable thus supporting options to ethically purchase legitimate goods. Francis Fukuyama comments “If the institutions of democracy and capitalism are to work properly they must co-exist with certain pre-modern cultural habits that ensure their proper functioning. Law contract and economic rationality provide a necessary but not sufficient basis for both the stability and prosperity of post industrial societies; they must as well be leavened with reciprocity, moral obligation, duty toward community, and trust, which are based in habit rather than rational calculation. The latter are not anachronisms in a modern society but rather the sine qua non of the latter’s success”.
The Home Office comments that “crime poses a significant cost to individuals, businesses and society in general”. Figures from local councils in only three counties, Luton, Leicester and Birmingham estimate that crime costs 1.5 billion pounds per year. Billions more are earned through organised criminal activity within Europe. If society can become more discerning and ethical, making informed choices to support legitimate businesses by not buying fake products and not supporting the bootleg trade, this creates an opportunity for individuals to support their communities in ethical campaigns, discussions and debates.
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