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

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Author: OECD DAC
Release date: January 2007

Policy Paper and Principles on Anti-Corruption: Setting an Agenda for Collective Action

This publication, which is based on proposals and broad guiding principles approved by the DAC, comprises a DAC Policy Paper on Anti-Corruption: “Setting an Agenda for Collective Action“ and the DAC Principles for Donor Action in Anti-Corruption. It argues that political leadership and enhanced accountability can accelerate collective efforts in fighting corruption through better governance. It highlights a number of frontiers for collective action where co-ordinated political leadership is needed if the multiple risks associated with corruption are to be successfully managed.

Author: Transparency International
Release date: January 2007

Poverty, Aid and Corruption

To improve aid effectiveness, developments partners - both aid providers and aid recipients have a shared role and responsibility in preventing corruption, with all stakeholders having a duty to wage this fight. This policy paper is an outcome of consultations held within the Transparency International (TI) movement and intended to be a first step in adding to and shaping the debate on aid and corruption, reflecting TI’s previous work, national chapter concerns and development discussions.


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