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Review of donor disclosure policies of corruption cases

Disclosing information on corruption cases can play an important role in donors’ integrity management systems to prevent, deter and sanction fraud and corruption in the use of development assistance funds. However, the extent to which donors disclose such information greatly varies across agencies, from the publication of generic information and aggregated statistics in annual reports to the full publication of case information, including names of individuals and entities sanctioned. Multilateral donors typically have higher standards of transparency in the disclosure of corruption cases.

13 January 2019
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Main points

  • National laws and policies on access to information, data protection, whistleblowing, etc. provide a legal framework that may limit the full disclosure of corruption cases by bilateral donors.
  • Few bilateral donors, such as Sida and DANIDA, have made progress in recent years regarding the disclosure of corruption cases.
  • Multilateral donors generally have higher standards of transparency and disclosure of corruption cases than bilateral ones.

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Chêne, M.; (2019) Review of donor disclosure policies of corruption cases. Bergen: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Helpdesk Answer 2019:1)

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Marie Chêne


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