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Government ministries or agencies responsible for development funding and programmes may be eligible to join the U4 partnership. We help build our partners' anti-corruption capacities. Funding also promotes U4 anti-corruption resources as a global good.
7 December 2021

Government ministries or agencies responsible for development funding and programmes may be eligible to join the U4 partnership. We help build our partners' anti-corruption capacities. Funding also promotes U4 anti-corruption resources as a global good.


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Increase anti-corruption insights > improve donor performance

Anti-corruption efforts support your work towards sustainable and inclusive development

Achieving peaceful and inclusive societies, in which sustainable development can take place, requires progress on anti-corruption. Anti-corruption is central to the governance challenges that many bilateral development agencies address.

The donor community recognises that they must continue to take active steps to curb corruption in support of Sustainable Development Goal 16: Access to justice for all and effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions.

The U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

Delivering expertise for better donor performance

At U4, we study the causes and pathways of corruption, document its effects on development outcomes, and identify and support efforts to address it.

The U4 partnership

Nurturing donor relations and networks

The U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre (U4) exists through donors collaborating to end corruption. Bilateral development agencies and foreign affairs ministries have been at the heart of this successful institutional partnership for 20 years.

U4’s collaborative, basket-funded model produces maximal value for development funding and encourages collaboration between development practitioners from the headquarter level to country offices.

U4’s partners are like-minded agencies whose goal is to make lives better. U4’s task is to help partners achieve results through effective anti-corruption efforts.

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The corruption landscape in 2022

Factors that influence donor anti-corruption efforts

We see four key challenges that affect donor anti-corruption efforts:

  1. Local conditions and challenges affect how donors and other actors work to reduce corruption in aid-receiving countries.
  2. On the global scene, there are shifting geopolitical power centres. Some promote agendas that undermine multilateral efforts.
  3. Corruption is a complex problem with transnational dimensions.
  4. Organisations supplying development aid often work with uncertain budgets and shifting priorities. As a result, anti-corruption efforts risk being deprioritised.

We support our partners to address all four issues to curb corruption.

U4 are doing an amazing job and are an essential part of our anti-corruption programme. Your products are great (Manager – Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, United Kingdom).

U4 partner benefits

Building blocks for better development outcomes

U4’s team of specialists works to ensure that your agency can:

  • Support anti-corruption research as a public good through publications and webinars.
  • Take online courses and invite local collaborators along.
  • Ask questions to our anti-corruption helpdesk.
  • Apply for and attend in-country workshops and invite local partners.
  • Host expert-led headquarter seminars for staff.
  • Set U4 priorities through the steering committee.
  • Collaborate with like-minded bilateral development agencies in partner forums.
The knowledge acquired in the online course is helping me improve our policies in corruption risk assessment and monitoring of court proceedings (Government agency law enforcement professional – justice sector online course).

Global awareness on how to curb corruption

U4 knowledge is a donor-funded public good

With our partners, we are committed to making our research and activities freely and widely available, so they have the greatest possible impact.

Our acclaimed, high-quality research and resources are used by practitioners, activists, governments, and academics. These include mulitlateral organisations such as the World Bank, IMF, WHO, UNODC, and the OECD.

Our work is global and multidisciplinary:

  • U4 reaches beyond the governance and
  • anti-corruption community.
  • Two thirds of our website users are in Africa, Asia,
  • and Latin America.
  • We offer resources in several languages.
U4 is recognised by several Geneva organisations I have worked with as a resource for research, policy inputs and materials we can use to raise awareness, train and engage staff. (–Governance specialist in a multilateral organisation)

Anti-corruption insights for practitioners

U4’s thematic expertise

Our anti-corruption advisers specialise in understanding corruption challenges from a donor and development perspective.

On our website you can get basic information and in-depth resources on corruption challenges and anti-corruption approaches linked to the following topics:

Evidence-based knowledge

U4 publications with practical recommendations

Practitioners and others can access in-depth analyses around emerging topics and new research findings that can help them achieve results in their own work.

We present complex issues in short and accessible formats through around 30 new publications annually, and several blog posts every month.

Build your anti-corruption skills

U4 online courses, created by experts

Practitioners who complete U4 online courses are better equipped to promote, design, and succeed with anti-corruption efforts in all projects and programmes.

All U4 partner agencies’ staff can take our dynamic and time-efficient online courses for free. They can also nominate external participants for a free place, for example staff from collaborating NGOs, and multilateral or government agencies.

Self-paced courses: Short, introductory courses of about an hour (open to anyone).

Expert-facilitated courses: Lasting 2–4 weeks depending on the topic, with dedicated experts as facilitators.

The U4 training portfolio is continuously being revised and developed.

Topics in the U4 training portfolio

Anti-corruption encounters

Country engagements and webinars

Corruption is a sensitive topic. Agents of change are able to find each other when they have a neutral forum in which to discuss it openly. U4 partners and embassy staff get together at the country level to host U4-facilitated dialogues in jointly planned workshops. Government officials from the country, representatives from multilateral institutions, NGOs, and academics take part in the events.

During the past decade, we have held over 70 such workshops for U4 partner agencies and their local partners. We cover topics such as collective donor responses, national anti-corruption strategies, and civil society engagement, as well as sector challenges such as justice, health, education, natural resources, and more.

We frequently hold short, thematic webinars that bring practitioners and others up-to-speed on important challenges for anti-corruption and development cooperation.

A key strength of this workshop was bringing together the anti-corruption and health community at both the global and country levels. Understanding the challenges on the ground through national counterparts but also bringing perspectives and experience internationally from CSOs and UN agencies (Participant, U4 workshop – Zimbabwe: Corruption in the health sector).

Ask the U4 Helpdesk

Tailored anti-corruption answers

All U4 partner agency staff can send corruption-related questions to the U4 helpdesk.

We operate the helpdesk in collaboration with a team of researchers based at the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin, Germany.

The helpdesk staff consult an international network of anti-corruption experts and practitioners to develop answers within 10 working days.

We handle over 30 questions every year. You can find over 400 previous helpdesk answers on our website.

Changing anti-corruption behaviour

Delivering results for U4 partners and beyond

We continually monitor and evaluate our work. User feedback helps us respond to evolving needs and improve what we offer. Annual user surveys show high satisfaction in many areas:

Statistics on user-satisfaction

How to join the U4 partnership

Funding and organisation

The U4 partnership welcomes government ministries or agencies responsible for development funding and programmes to join.

Becoming a U4 partner agency means that you will have representatives on our steering committee. The committee meets annually to discuss priorities and approve work plans and reports. Before you join, you are welcome to observe the steering committee meeting as a guest.

U4 partner agencies normally commit to fund a five-year strategic period through a basket-funding model.

The steering committee decides on the annual funding level that partners should contribute. This is based on the total costs of planned U4 activities. The rate for each partner is 266,400 Euro per year.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like further information:

Budget and work plan

U4 follows five-year strategies and annual work plans with a yearly budget at 2.75 million Euro in 2021.

Example of annual deliverables

  • 30+ research publications
  • 7 online courses / 14 classes
  • 1,600 course participants
  • 10 country engagements
  • 10+ partner forums and webinars
  • 30+ Helpdesk answers
  • 25 blog posts

Chr. Michelsen institute

The U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre’s institutional home is the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) in Bergen, Norway. Established in 1930, CMI is today a private, non-profit, independent research institute on global development and human rights, and is regarded as a leading voice on these issues.

CMI set up U4 in 2002 to assist donors in understanding corruption and finding solutions.

Our team of researchers, advisers, administrators, managers, and communicators collaborates with a global network of experts and practitioners to deliver operationally relevant resources for U4 partners.

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