TIRI – making integrity work

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Tiri is an independent non-governmental organisation that works with governments, business and civil society to find practical solutions to making integrity work. Improvements in integrity offer perhaps the single largest opportunity for sustainable and equitable development worldwide … (Who we are 1/2).

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Who we are 2/2 /Mission: … Integrity is an essential component of sustainable development, of the safeguarding of human rights, of strengthening democracy and of poverty reduction. To achieve these aims, we work to raise standards of integrity in specific institutions by promoting and facilitating a growing network of reform leaders, specialists, and policy practitioners informed by sound and objective evidence. 

Meaning of Tiri:

Tiri is a Maori (New Zealand) word rich in meaning. Its meanings include the protection of society by the removal of no-go areas (taboos) and the lifting of prohibitions or obstructions. It can also mean the scattering of seeds to bring forth a new generation.

In the Shona language spoken in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, and Zambia Tiri means “how many are we?”


Tiri was created in October 2003 by individuals who played major roles in anti-corruption awareness raising and standard setting since the early 1990s. Tiri has grown from an initial idea – namely that the needs and demands of integrity reform had become qualitatively different by 2003 with the advent of the UN Convention Against Corruption – to a growing NGO responding to the interests and priorities of its partners and stakeholders.

Tiri’s core strategy and approach were developed in 2003 following consultations with a number of professionals and organisations in the fields of anti-corruption, transparency, and accountability reform.  The strategy has been refined, but the core principles have remained the same.  Tiri is committed to developing high impact initiatives based on four core principles: 1. organisational learning; 2. sustainability; 3. scalability; and 4. measurement.

Tiri has established three major, innovative programs, and supported a range of smaller initiatives and interventions addressing some of the major priorities in the anti-corruption and pro-integrity reform movements:

  • In 2004 we started the Public Integrity Education Network (PIEN). PIEN addresses the capacity gap of reform by facilitating a growing global network of universities committed to providing evidence-based courses on public integrity and reform.
  • In 2005 we initiated the Network for Integrity in Reconstruction (NIR), working with NGOs from eight post-war countries and major aid agencies to address the particular integrity and corruption challenges and opportunities of post-war reconstruction.
  • In 2006 we launched integrity@workTM, an interactive DVD-based tool to raise ethical competences in the public sector.

In addition to these programmes, Tiri has also facilitated pilot initiatives in other areas and worked with a wide-ranging client base of governments, NGOs, businesses and inter-governmental organisations.

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