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: Olander, S. (ed.) Sjölander, S., Hedvall, F., Salomonsson, C. and Andersson, G.
Release date: April 2007

Public Finance Management in Development Co-operation – A Handbook for Sida Staff

This handbook supports the everyday management of development cooperation in dealing with issues related to public finance management (PFM), showing how PFM affects development cooperation. The handbook, amongst other things, looks at how weak PFM systems constitute constraints to efforts to reduce poverty; addressing PFM weaknesses while developing the capacity of the systems; the assessment of PFM in partner countries including choice of appropriate financing modalities and other strategic questions where the status of PFM matters; and implementing the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, particularly as regards alignment with national systems. As part of this overview, the handbook also addresses the issue of corruption.

Author: Fritz, V.
Release date: January 2007

Good enough? The evolving governance and anti-corruption agenda

This article suggests that substantial progress is needed on three fronts in the governance and anti-corruption agenda. First, there is a need to invest in a better understanding of what elements of governance matter most and what governance improvements have which kinds of positive spill-over effects for other development outcomes. Second, there is a need for better governance indicators, as well as a more orderly approach to governance assessments. Third, there is a need for more systematic learning about ‘what works’, to avoid perpetuating approaches that have little impact, and improve the chances that successful approaches are adopted more widely. The paper concludes with recommendations on how donors can strengthen their support of the governance agenda.


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