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 2006

Harmonising Donor Practices for Effective Aid Delivery, Volume 2: Budget Support, Sector Wide Approaches and Capacity Development in Public Financial Management

This reference guide argues that the donor role is to support, not to substitute for, national efforts to strengthen public financial management. It goes on to state that delivering aid through partner public financial management systems should be at the core of donor support strategies. These should be sensitive to country contexts, make better use of shared analysis and provide more predictable aid within an explicit, government owned framework that is strategic and programmatic.

Author: OECD DAC
Release date: January 2005

Harmonising Donor Practices for Effective Aid Delivery, Volume 3: Strengthening Procurement Capacities in Developing Countries

This reference guide argues that good public procurement systems are central to the effectiveness of development expenditure from both national and donor sources, with procurement being a core function of public financial management and service delivery. The potential efficiency gains from better procurement can make a significant additional contribution to financing achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This reference guide builds on a set of good practices papers coming out of a Round Table process to develop an integrated set of tools and good practices to improve developing country public procurement systems and their contribution to development outcomes.


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