Corruption and Aid

No aid modality, agency or recipient is free from corruption risks. Find resources on the scope and nature of these risks and how they can be identified and addressed.

Concern about possible corruption in aid flows and projects has grown with increased pressure on donor aid budgets and greater attention to aid effectiveness. Not every donor, recipient or project will be equally exposed to corrupt practices; the context, modalities, choice of partners, and systems for detection all affect risk levels. Equally important is how aid providers respond and how they promote integrity from within.

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Nils Taxell

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Interview with Steve Berkman, author of World Bank and the Gods of Lending,

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DFID evidence
Author: Rocha Menocal, A.; Taxell, N.; et al.
Release date: February 2015

Why corruption matters: understanding causes, effects and how to address them

The DFID evidence paper “Why corruption matters: understanding causes, effects and how to address them. Evidence paper on corruption”, written by a team of researchers at U4 and ODI, provides an authoritative assessment of current literature that addresses the question: what are the conditions that facilitate corruption, what are its costs, and what are the most effective ways to combat it?

Author: Susan Rose-Ackerman, Paul D. Carrington (Eds)
Release date: July 2013

Anti-Corruption Policy: Can International Actors Play a Constructive Role?

This edited volume argues that the most effective ways for international actors to limit corruption are not always obvious. Limiting corruption is a means to an end. But the ends of reformers (from addressing economic stagnation to tackling persistent poverty) are not always explicit. International institutions face a related set of issues: how to determine the underlying policy problem, understanding how corruption can exacerbate it, seeking policy levers that might limit the impact of corruption, and identifying appropriate routes for international influence. 


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