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What works in anti-corruption programming: Lessons from the Middle East and North Africa region

Despite increased interest in the effectiveness of anti-corruption interventions, relatively little is known about the issue. This is largely due to a lack of existing data and impact evaluations. The literature on successful anti-corruption programmes in MENA is particularly sparse. The general lack of research on this topic is compounded by political instability in the region. Institutional weaknesses, limited spaces for civil society participation and corruption in public service delivery are some of the pressing governance challenges affecting the region. This Helpdesk Answer considers the cases of Morocco, Jordan, Tunisia and Palestine to derive lessons learned from anti-corruption interventions.

26 June 2019
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Main points

  • Impact indicators and monitoring approaches need to be integrated into anti-corruption programming to measure effectiveness.
  • The current political crises in the MENA region often obstruct effective implementation of anti-corruption measures and their evaluation.
  • Some countries in the region (such as Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco and Palestine) have embarked on reform processes, but results so far have been mixed.
  • Some countries in the region (such as Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco and Palestine) have embarked on reform processes, but results so far have been mixed.

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Schöberlein, J.; (2019) What works in anti-corruption programming: Lessons from the Middle East and North Africa region. Bergen: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Helpdesk Answer 2019:8)

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Jennifer Schöberlein

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Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine, MENA – Middle East and North Africa, impact evaluation