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: Agnes Batory
Release date: July 2012

Political Cycles and Organizational Life Cycles: Delegation to Anticorruption Agencies in Central Europe

Abstract: A large number of “independent” anticorruption agencies (ACAs) sprung up around the world in past decades. Yet little comparative work has been done to explain the diversity of their organizational forms or development trajectories. Using insights from regulatory theory and the regulation of government literature, this article argues that the formal powers and independence ACAs are granted crucially depend on whether external and/or domestic impetuses for setting them up can counterbalance governments' incentives for no action, or only symbolic action. The ACAs' initial mandate influences but does not determine how they fare in later life: Support or obstruction from ruling governments, their own ability to use strategic resources, and leadership shape the extent to which the agencies are able to carry out their tasks in practice. These arguments are examined through comparison of three ACAs in the European Union's “new” member states—Latvia, Poland, and Slovenia.

Author: Samuel de Jaegere
Release date: July 2012

South-South Exchange on Effective Anti-Corruption Agencies: Bhutan, Maldives and Timor-Leste

This report documents the proceedings, good practices and lessons learned from an exchange which took place in 2011 between the Anti-Corruption Commissions of Bhutan, Maldives and Timor-Leste. The exchange was hosted by ACC Bhutan with support from UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre in Bangkok and UNDP Country Offices in the three countries. It provides insights into the experiences of these three young agencies, and more particularly, into the strategies that they have adopted to combat corruption.

insights into the experiences
of these three young agencies, and more particularly, into the strategies that they have adopted to
combat corruption

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