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: Patrick Meagher and Caryn Voland
Release date: June 2006

Anti-Corruption Agencies

This report is intended to assist USAID staff by outlining the critical questions around the establishment and workings of a host country’s ACA. The note also provides substantive
input on how the answers to those questions may affect the effectiveness of donor support for an ACA. Issues that are analysed include:

  • Preconditions and evidence of political will
  • Legal, institutional, and social environment, and the ACA's characteristics and structure
  • Measures of success
Author: Doig, A., Watt, D. and Williams,R. (2005)
Release date: January 2005

Measuring 'Success' in 5 African Anti-Corruption commissions

A research project by A. Doig, D. Watt and R. Williams based upon in-depth examinations of the operation, operating context and strategies of Anti-Corruption Commissions in Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia. While the findings suggest that the measurement of “success” by African ACCs is problematic in both concept and assessment, a presentation is given of the team’s view of the main inhibitors anddrivers of success. The report outlines recommendations for governments and donors with respect to the future purpose and roles of ACCs.


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