About U4

The U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre assists donor practitioners in more effectively addressing corruption challenges through their development support.

U4 offers relevant anti-corruption material, including our own applied research (featured under Themes), through an extensive web based resource centre. U4 also runs in-country workshops and online courses on anti-corruption measures and strategies for our partner agencies and their counterparts. Finally, a Helpdesk service providing expert answers to the most pressing questions faced by development practitioners in the field is also available through our website.

U4’s distinctive role in the anti-corruption field is a close working relationship with aid donors, whose practical challenges and policy issues shape our agenda and inform our priorities. Through our online resources and trainings U4 hopes to uphold our vision and mission. U4 does not investigate cases of corruption nor has the capacity to assist countries in pursuing investigations.

U4’s vision

U4’s vision is a world in which development efforts of aid donors and developing countries are more effective because the negative impacts of corruption are reduced.

U4’s mission 

We do not expect to achieve this vision alone. Our contribution to this goal lies in our mission to be a leading provider of high-quality research, information, and learning opportunities to help development practitioners more effectively support anti-corruption efforts in the developing world.

U4 values

  • Engagement with Practitioners: We aim to provide resources and services that are grounded in engagement with the practical and policy issues facing development practitioners.
  • Evidence Based: We aspire for all of our resources and services to be built on robust evidence and research.
  • Independent: We aspire to enable practitioners to make informed decisions based on critical analysis and independent perspectives.
  • Responsive: We aspire to provide a timely and professional response to the changing needs and priorities of development practitioners and policymakers.
More information regarding U4's strategy can be found in the U4 Strategy 2017-2021 document.


Who runs U4?

The U4 Resource Centre is operated by the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Bergen, Norway - a private social science research foundation working on issues of development and human rights. The web server and the core team behind U4 are based at CMI. Transparency International’s Secretariat in Berlin is responsible for the U4 Help Desk.

U4 partners

U4 serves the following development partner agencies:

A list of contact details of the U4 liaison persons at each partner agency is also available.

Annual reports and strategy



The Resource Centre was initially established in 2002 as a result of the so-called 'Utstein-partnership' which begun in 1999 with an initiative of the ministers of international development from the Netherlands, Germany, Norway and the UK (this is how the "U" in Utstein and the number – 4 ministers – became the name of our resource centre). High on their priority list was anti-corruption, its impact on development, and particularly the lack of information on the problem and how to address it. In 2005, Sweden (Sida) and Canada (CIDA) joined as U4 partners. BTC (Belgium) and AusAid (Australia) became funding U4 partners in 2008 and 2009 respectively, but the Belgian partner left again in 2015. The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs left in 2012, and Canada in 2014. Early on, the U4 Resource Centre outlived the original political-level 'Utstein-cooperation', but we continue to provide donor relevant information and services to our partner agencies. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland joined the U4 Partnership in 2012, Danida (Denmark) in 2014, and SDC (Switzerland) in 2015.

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