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 statement 2017-2021

Identify and communicate informed approaches to partners for reducing the harmful impact of corruption on sustainable and inclusive development. 

U4 approach

We will support our partners' efforts to reduce the harmful impact of corruption on sustainable development through four main approaches: 
  • Produce and communicate knowledge on anti-corruption practice and policy. 
  • Generate and test innovative approaches to advance the field of anti-corruption practice and policy. 
  • Build partner capacities for anti-corruption work. 
  • Promote and facilitate dialogue, critical reflection and learning. 
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.

U4 Innovation Lab

The U4 Innovation Lab will test recommendations, ideas, methodologies, hypotheses and assumptions relevant for anti-corruption, derived from research and practical experiences. Together with U4 partners, we plan to take on the challenge of testing these aspects of anti-corruption policies to generate knowledge that can accelerate the development of effective measures. Another benefit is that the results can help limit the risks of large-scale interventions. Read more about the U4 Innovation Lab here

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