Anti-corruption Approaches in Sector Work

Sector specific anti-corruption approaches are necessary complements to general anti-corruption strategies. Here is a collection of information and lessons learned on how anti-corruption can effectively be mainstreamed into sectors.

This U4 Theme looks at tools and strategies that integrate anti-corruption in various sectors. The publications aim to assess what works, what does not, and why. However, evidence and operational guidance in this area is still limited. Therefore, U4 continues to explore this topic further. 

This U4 Theme aims to help with:

  1. Understanding the rationale and value of sector approaches for anti-corruption
  2. Demonstrating how corruption negatively affects sector activities
  3. Identifying sector specific corruption risks 
  4. Understanding how to integrate anti-corruption efforts into sector policies and strategies
  5. Raising awareness of the challenges and opportunities for integrating anti-corruption in sector work

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Education Sector | Health Sector | Justice Sector | 
Natural Resources

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Unlocking local solutions to improve health and education

Local organisations are ubiquitous and bristling with ideas to engage citizens in holding their governments accountable for promises made on access to healthcare and education. A project by the Results for Development Institute (Transparency & Accountability Program) serves local organisations who work to collect data on public spending and public services, and share that information with their community so that they can collectively advocate to improve accountability and raise the quality of public services. In this video, project staff and board members explain the thinking behind the programme, and combine this with voices from the three short-form documentaries released this month that will become part of the programme participants' advocacy work in their own communities.

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Author: UNDP
Release date: May 2013

Fighting corruption in the water sector: Methods, tools and good practices

Series of UNDP-sponsored studies that present methods, tools and good practices to map corruption risks, develop strategies and sustain partnerships to address challenges and tackle corruption in the education, health and water sectors. The studies bring together UNDP’s efforts to support countries to develop frameworks to accelerate their efforts to meet the MDGs as well as successfully meet the commitments of the UN Convention against Corruption. 

Author: UNDP
Release date: May 2013

Mainstreaming anti-corruption in development

The Practice Note clarifies that the main rationale for UNDP engagement on anticorruption is to further its mandates on poverty reduction, realization of the MDGs and promoting sustainable development. It provides guidelines to assist COs in programming areas such as: (i) developing and implementing long- and short-term anti-corruption strategies, (ii) mainstreaming anti-corruption activities into national programmes on service delivery,(iii) developing the capacity of anti-corruption institutions, (iv) engaging in advocacy and awareness-raising through civil society organizations and the media, (v) developing anti-corruption assessment tools and conducting anti-corruption surveys, (vi) coordinating and harmonizing anti-corruption programmes, and vii) developing knowledge tools.


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