Essentials of anti-corruption

The Essentials of Anti-Corruption is a five-week course focusing on general issues ranging from definitions, concepts, causes and consequences to anti-corruption practice, international cooperation, and the donor agenda. It is aimed at practitioners who would like to get a general understanding of the implications of corruption to development outcomes.


Why take this course?

  • Become better prepared for development work in a corruption-prone environment
  • Get new ideas on tackling corruption as a development problem
  • Improve capacity to deal with internal integrity issues within donor agencies themselves

Target audience

The course is targeted to advisors and programme managers working in development agencies and governments, especially democracy and governance advisors. Anyone who will be accountable for detailing how funds were spent, and how their actions reduced corruption and increased programme efficiency will benefit from this course. 

Learning objectives

At the end of this course, participants will have:

  • Enhanced knowledge and understanding of corruption  in theory and practice
  • Increased knowledge of international legislation and cooperation
  • Better understanding of how to implement anti-corruption strategies and policies
  • Acquired useful tools to analyse corruption in a given local setting
  • Good understanding of available resources on corruption/anti-corruption
  • Learned how to use the resources and services offered by the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

Workload and training methods

Participants are required to take part in discussions led by experts in the field. Compulsory assignments are also required. Weekly course readers are accessible to anyone with a valid U4 user account.

Between 45 and 50 hours of available time - spread over the five weeks - and a reasonably stable internet connection is needed.

It does not matter what time of day you log on to the Virtual Classroom, but please do not sign up if you cannot participate on a regular basis during all the five weeks of the course.

Guidance, facilitation and expert supervision

The participants receive help and guidance from a course facilitator. In addition, experts with long experience in the field of corruption/anti-corruption contribute to the discussions and comment on assignments.

Course material

Course readers and material for all U4 online training programmes can be found on our course material page. This information is only accessible for partner agency staff.


All participants who complete the course successfully will be issued a course certificate.

Course fee

Participation is free for U4 Partner Agency Staff and invited partners (includes ministry of foreign affairs and embassy staff).

U4 unfortunately cannot respond to requests for participation in the online course from individuals or organizations not connected to a U4 partner agency. Non-U4 partners cannot apply for a place, unless they submit first an explicit invitation by a U4 partner agency granting them a place under their quota.

Upcoming courses

Online training

Essentials of anti-corruption

  • 3rd October - 4th November


All U4 Partners are encouraged to apply for this course.


Vera Devine

U4 Online Course Facilitator (independent consultant)

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