Money in politics: curbing corruption in political finance

This 4-week course looks at the challenges arising from political and party finance, as well as lobbying. It is useful for practitioners dealing with governance programmes, and anyone interested in understanding how electoral and political processes can interfere with development programmes.

Who can take this course?

Participation is open and free for U4 partner agency staff (includes staff from foreign affairs ministries/embassies). If you are a U4 partner agency staff, you can also nominate participants from other institutions and organisations that you work with.

Why take this course?

  • Get a better understanding of the role of money in politics
  • Understand how the political settlement and corruption in the political sphere can impact development and the contextual conditions in which development programs take place 
  • Help practitioners think more strategically about the feasibility of governance initiatives and development programs 

Target audience

The course is targeted to advisors and programme managers working in development agencies and governments. Democracy and governance advisors may particularly appreciate the issue-specific perspective gained from the course. However, the course also provides important insights to development practitioners who wish to better understand the political economy context in which all development programs take place, particularly the incentives for corruption, with the ultimate objective of increasing programme effectiveness.

Learning objectives

At the end of this course, participants will have:

  • Enhanced knowledge about key integrity issues related to political and party finance and lobbying
  • Increased understanding of the political arena in their respective country of activity (legislation, monitoring, impacts for development agencies, etc.)

Weekly topics

  1. Why money in politics
  2. What regulations aim for
  3. Lobbying, politics, and corruption
  4. International standards and cooperation

Workload and training methods

You will take part in regular online discussions and write assignments to be reviewed by experts. You need a stable internet connection and a minimum of 10 hours per week. You will get help and guidance from a course facilitator, and experts with specialist knowledge 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, and you can download it even if you are not registered on a course.


If you complete the course successfully you get a certificate.

Free of charge

Participation is free for all approved participants.

We regret that we unfortunately cannot respond to requests for participation in the online course from individuals or organisations not connected to a U4 partner agency.

Upcoming courses

There are no upcoming dates for this course.


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Sara Ögmundsdóttir

Finance and Operations Manager

+47 471 55 134

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