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: 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.

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.


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