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Zero tolerance of corruption in international aid

It is possible to apply the zero-tolerance principle in a way that still observes the ‘do no harm’ principle. This would at the same time strengthen anti-corruption efforts.
3 May 2020

Arne Strand — Director at the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, and Deputy Director at Chr. Michelsen Institute.

In international aid, donors apply zero tolerance for corruption as an important principle. But agencies adopt different approaches for putting this principle into practice. In some developing countries, corruption is so widespread that it is difficult to avoid — even with the best intentions and suitable systems in place. Donors may manage corruption risks more successfully if they apply the zero-tolerance principle in phases and with a scaled approach.

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