The Proxy Workshop 2014

Proxy indicators are a promising new frontier for work on measuring corruption and evaluating the effectiveness of anti-corruption work.


Shortlisted teams in the Proxy Challenge together with the panel experts:
(at the back, from the left) Phil Mason, Hazel Feigenblatt, Heather Marquette, István János Tóth, Elise S. Brezis, Joël Cariolle, Frédéric Lesné, Michael Cañares, Bernhard Guthier, Joy Sunders
(at the front) Roberto Martinez, Jesper Johnsøn, Mihály Fazekas.


Watch the video and view the presentations from the workshop on 4 February 2014


Development practitioners and academics met at The Proxy Workshop in Bergen to discuss new, innovative ways to measure corruption. In the future, aid agencies in developing countries may benefit from the new approaches presented. At the event, U4 also presented methods and guidance for improving evaluations and measurement tools that inform governance and anti-corruption efforts.

Before the workshop, five entries had been shortlisted in the Proxy Challenge Competition. The contenders presented a promising body of new ideas for indicators on integrity at the community level, nepotism, revolving doors, procurement, local tax and revenue, and different forms of state capture. View the entries on the video and presentations page. The winners of the competition were Miály Fazekas (Cambridge University and Corruption Research Center Brudapest) and István János Tóth (Hungarian Academy of Science and Corruption Research Center Budapest).

The workshop took important first steps toward more innovation and practicability in indicators, as well as evaluation design and methods. 

The Proxy Challenge Series

We have worked with the teams behind the most promising entries, resulting in a series covering proxies for grand corruption in procurement, nepotism, and revolving doors.

The next Proxy Challenge will take place in 2016. We will launch the call for proposals in late 2015.


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