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Mixed incentives: Adopting ICT innovations for transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption

Governments adopt anti-corruption-related ICT innovations for many reasons. Different motivations for adopting these technologies shape the way they are put into practice and the anti-corruption impacts they may have. ICT for anti-corruption should not be understood as a single approach, since different technologies, and different modes of technology adoption, create different dynamics. Whether or not a particular ICT can bring anti-corruption benefits will depend upon the design of a specific implementation, the incentives driving its adoption, and the wider context in which it is applied. This issue paper raises critical questions for policy makers, funders, and advocates to consider when seeking positive anti-corruption impacts from ICTs.

1 June 2014
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Davies, T.; Fumega, S.; (2014) Mixed incentives: Adopting ICT innovations for transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption. Bergen: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue )

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Tim Davies
Silvana Fumega

Silvana Fumega is the Research and Policy Lead of the Latin American Initiative for Open Data (ILDA). She holds a PhD (University of Tasmania, Australia). She has focused her work on Open Government Data and Freedom of Information policies. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and a degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). She participated in the Research Programme Chevening Hansard (United Kingdom). She has served as a consultant for several international organisations, governments and civil society groups.


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anti-corruption measures, basic services, ICTs, transparency, accountability