Anti-Corruption Agencies

Anti-corruption agencies are important, and contested, players in the fight against corruption. Find the latest evidence on their value and performance on this theme page

The number of Anti-corruption agencies (ACAs) around the world has increased dramatically over the past decades. Nevertheless, the value of ACAs is increasingly being questioned by international donors and national governments. Frequently, ACAs are not considered to deliver on the high expectations bestowed upon then. The question is by which measure - and how - we assess the performance of these institutions, and how we can best improve their performance. On this page you can:

Author: Meagher, Patrick (2004)
Release date: January 2004

Anti-Corruption Agencies: A Review of Experience

This paper reviews experiences with a wide range of agencies from around the world, in both industrialized and developing countries, and exhibiting a variety of designs, howver, with a focus on centralized or single-agency approaches. The author analyzes existing documentation on anti-corruption agencies and presents three original case studies (Argentina, Malaysia and Tanzania). The aim is to provide practical guidance in this area to policymakers and donor agencies, and to identify promising strategies for developing a more rigorous assessment framework. Based on this research the paper sets out the following recommendations: First, where a country does not have an anti-corruption agency, or where it does not have a single-agency strategy, this should not be the first recourse. The relevant question here is:

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