Introducing anti-corruption approaches into sector work

three-week online course for staff of bilateral development agencies, providing entry points for integrating anti-corruption approaches into sector projects, programmes, and policies in order to improve sector governance and promote the achievement of sector goals.


Why take this course?

  • Get a better understanding of the rationale for integrating an anti-corruption lens into sector work, what corruption is and what anti-corruption approaches consist of.
  • Learn about the main building blocks for practical integration of anti-corruption approaches into sector work.

Target audience

The course is intended for two groups of bilateral development agency staff, both at headquarters and in the field:

  • Sector specialists and advisors. The course provides these professionals with a practical understanding of entry points to integrate anti-corruption approaches into sector programmes or projects supported by their respective development agencies, and advise government counterparts on integrating an anti-corruption lens into sector strategies or policies.
  • Anti-corruption/governance specialists. These professionals will gain a practical understanding of how to advise and support their sector colleagues in efforts to integrate anti-corruption approaches into the respective sector programmes and projects, and how to advise government counterparts on anti-corruption approaches for sector strategies or policies.

Learning objectives

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Analyse multiple manifestations of corruption as they appear in different sectors
  • Understand different types of anti-corruption approaches and measures
  • Integrate an anti-corruption lens into sector work

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.

Minimum 30 hours of available time - spread over three 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 three weeks of the course.

Guidance, facilitation and expert supervision

The participants receive help and guidance from a U4 course facilitator. In addition, experts with long experience in the field give input to 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.

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