New UNDP Resource Guide: Building Transparent and Open Public Procurement Systems for Achieving the SDGs in ASEAN (2021)

View the publication hereCorruption poses a significant threat to economies around the world. It weakens institutions, erodes public trust, undermines fair competition, and discourages investment. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), approximately 10 to 25 percent of all funds spent globally on procurement are lost to corruption. As a result, […]

New UNDP Publications on Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption in COVID-19 Response and Recovery

UNDP’s Global Anti-Corruption Programme has published two new knowledge products on Integrating Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption in COVID-19 Response and Recovery: The COVID-19 pandemic is far more than a health, humanitarian or socio-economic crisis; it is also a governance crisis, testing the resilience of governance institutions and systems to support societies and economies to recover […]

Message by the UNDP Administrator on the Occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December 2018)

Fighting corruption for global peace, development and security

Author: Patrick Keuleers Director, Governance and Peace-building, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP 9 December is the International Anti-Corruption Day, an opportunity to re-affirm our commitment to fight corruption. The cost of corruption to society is enormous. In its 2017 report, Global Financial Integrity estimates that illicit financial flows (IFFs) in 2014 alone ranged […]

UNDP Kicks Off Country Research on Linkages between Corruption and Violent Extremism in the Asia-Pacific Region

On 22-23 August 2017, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies in Asia-Pacific 2016-2020 (ACPIS) Project gathered in Manila, Philippines national country researchers, together with regional and global experts, to plan a new UNDP research report on the ‘Linkages between Corruption and Violent Extremism in the Asia-Pacific Region’. Ms Clare Duffield, Counsellor, Australian […]

New UNDP Anti-Corruption Programme, ACPIS, Launched in Singapore

On 7 March 2017, UNDP launched its new four-year project with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) Australia, Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies in Asia-Pacific (2016-2020) (ACPIS). The launch took place at the UN Global Centre for Public Service Excellence (UN GCSPE) in Singapore. Ms Vanessa Chan, Director-General of […]

Corruption remains one of the most significant problems in Kosovo

Corruption remains one of the most significant problems facing Kosovo today, argues the special edition of the Public Pulse on corruption released on 24 October. The present Public Pulse on Corruption, focuses its analysis on perceptions of citizens of Kosovo on the prevalence of corruption, with particular emphasis on Kosovo public institutions on both central […]

An effective e-declaration system will be a watershed for the country

BY MARCUS BRAND, UNDP Democratic Governance Advisor Two-and-a-half years ago, one of the core demands of the Euro-Maidan protests was curbing corruption. In 2014, the new reform government chose the fight against corruption as one of its strategic priorities. At that pivotal moment, UNDP was honoured and proud to stand by Ukraine’s drivers of reform. […]

Anti-corruption justice and collaboration in Kosovo: Challenges and recommendations

The author, Sheelagh Brady, is a Senior Security Analyst at SAR Consultancy and has also written the background report to the U4 workshop “Strengthening the role of the Kosovar justice sector in fighting corruption” hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Kosovo Judicial Institute, in Prishtina on 23-24 May this year. Based on the […]

Empowered citizens: changing the landscape of local governance in Nepal

by Ashim Pandey This blog is part of a series on how open government can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The series came out of a collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangkok Regional Hub and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to find practical examples of how open government is helping […]

From Waste Disposal to Water Delivery: Citizen Empowerment through the Check My Service Initiative

by Undral Gombodorj This blog is part of a series on how open government can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The series came out of a collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bangkok Regional Hub and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to find practical examples of how open government is helping […]

Open Government for Sustainable Development in Asia-Pacific: Results are in!

By Liviana Zorzi and Shreya Basu Earlier this summer, the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub and OGP launched a call for information on open government initiatives that are contributing to or have the potential to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asia-Pacific region. The call was developed in response to […]

Liability of legal persons and foreign bribery laws needed to fight corruption in Southeast Asia

Legal persons dominate today’s global economy. Large multinationals engaged in transportation, construction, telecommunication, mining, energy, chemicals, and many other sectors have a huge share of global business activities. This puts them at risk of getting involved in high-level corruption cases. Perhaps not surprisingly, many of the biggest corruption investigations today concern legal persons rather than […]

Open government for sustainable development in Asia-Pacific

Open Government Partnership and UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub, supported by IBM Philippines, co-organized the 2016 OGP Asia-Pacific Regional Dialogue, hosted by the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines, on 21-22 July 2016. Over a 100 civil society group representatives, civil servants and champions of open governance gathered to exchange knowledge, challenges and perspectives on how […]

Ukraine looks at ‘smart’ practices of 5 European anti-corruption agencies

UNDP in Ukraine’s Enhanced Public Sector Transparency and Integrity Project (2015-2018) aims at ensuring the compliance of Ukrainian corruption prevention institutions with international standards for transparency and accountability and, thus, helping them become more responsive and effective. The project has released a praxis case report for Ukraine’s National Agency for Prevention of Corruption (NAPC), titled […]

Supporting the Fight against Corruption in Kosovo

By Shqipe Neziri Vela, Manager of the Anti-Corruption Programme at UNDP Kosovo UNDP has been focusing its support to the fight against corruption in Kosovo starting from 2006 by helping establish the Anti-Corruption Agency. Support has been provided in drafting relevant legislation and policies to equip institutions with mechanisms and knowledge on how to best prevent […]

Strengthening national capacity to boost integrity

Samoa’s Senior Government Officials are working with the UN in a two-day workshop to analyse where Samoa is already complying with best practices in the UNCAC (United Nations Convention Against Corruption) and to identify challenges still needed to be addressed to boost integrity in the public service. Enhancing integrity and good governance is a key […]

CALL FOR INFORMATION: Transforming our World through Open Government in Asia-Pacific

TRANSFORMING OUR WORLD THROUGH OPEN GOVERNMENT IN ASIA-PACIFIC Are you promoting open government initiatives in a country of Asia-Pacific to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs? What transformative steps are you taking to promote more open and inclusive societies?  Please share these initiatives with us and you might be selected to present them at […]

Integrating anti-corruption into UN programming in Moldova

At the request of the UN Country Team Moldova, UNDP Global Anti-corruption Initiative (GAIN) together with UNDP’s Istanbul Regional Hub and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized a workshop on “Integration of Anti-corruption into UN Programming” on 12 April 2016. The one-day workshop brought together 16 members of the UN Moldova […]

News Speeches For the record Media contacts General inquiries Events Videos UNDP tops global index for international aid transparency for second consecutive year

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) remains the most transparent aid organisation in the world, according to a leading global ranking released today. 2016 Aid Transparency Index today recognized UNDP as the leading aid organisation among 46 international agencies, representing 98 per cent of Official Development Flows. The index is produced by Publish What You Fund, a […]

Corruption remains a major stumbling block for justice sector reforms: UNDP

Opening court services to peer scrutiny might greatly improve integrity and public trust, new report says   DOWNLOAD THIS DOCUMENT: “A TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE JUDICIARY TO DELIVER JUSTICE FOR ALL” (English, 2.1MB)   08 APRIL 2016, Bangkok: Corrupt judicial systems undermine reforms and are a major impediment to ensuring access to justice and human rights […]

Sharing Korea’s open data and public construction policies with partner countries

Our experience shows that we can ensure a more transparent construction sector by simply informing people about the kind of work being carried out in their neighborhoods. By disclosing SMG’s construction work information on the Construction Informer website, all the stakeholders, from private contractors to the responsible Seoul government officials, came to adopt a more […]

Government of India and UNDP develop nat’l pool of trainers on leadership skills and ethics

The Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme India has developed a national-level pool of trainers to conduct training on two thematic areas: Leadership Skills and Ethics. The pool of trainers brings with it the skills and experience of retired and serving officers and faculty of […]

Oversight capacity boost for Niue parliamentarians

Niue’s Legislative Assembly Parliamentarians boosted their capacity to undertake their oversight role and gained a deeper understanding of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) at a three-day workshop in the small Pacific island nation. “Our parliamentarians want to learn more about the UNCAC and how they can oversight more thoroughly financial activities in our economy […]

Nauru MPs work with community on new Leadership Code

March 10, 2016 (Nauru) – Community consultation is being fully embraced by Parliamentarians on Nauru – the world’s smallest island state with just 10,000 residents, as they establish their nation’s first Leadership Code. Parliament Speaker Hon. Ludwig Scotty made the statement at the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project workshop currently underway at the […]

Grassroots women ask for accountability

“She is talking to people, identifying the needs and problems of the neighborhood and conveying these to local authorities to have a solution. But what she realizes is that asking for accountability to local authorities is key to see what happens once they convey their needs to the authorities: “No one will give me an […]

Korea shares corruption prevention experiences with Vietnam

By Ahjung Lee, Policy Specialist, Seoul Policy Centre, United Nations Development Programme The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre for Global Development Partnerships (USPC), in partnership with the UNDP Vietnam Country Office, the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of the Republic of Korea, and the Government Inspectorate of Vietnam, organized a three-day workshop in Hanoi, in […]

Pacific CSOs focus on anti-corruption reforms

THROUGHOUT the Pacific Islands region corruption remains a significant concern, slowing development and shaking public trust in public officials. Corruption can be encountered in a variety of sectors such as the process of harvesting and manufacturing illegal wood based products, illegal fishing, migrant smuggling and working illegally, amongst other crimes. In addition, corruption often facilitates […]

Cook Islands MPs commit to UN anti-corruption drive

COOK Islands parliamentarians committed to enhancing their oversight of anti-corruption and engage more strongly with the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) during a workshop at the Legislative Assembly Chamber of the Cook Islands Parliament. “After celebrating our 50th year of independence last year, Cook Islands needs to focus on implementing our commitments under UNCAC this […]

Anti-Corruption and Integrity in the Arab Countries project: Updates

Promoting the engagement of the youth against corruption in Jordan and Lebanon The Anti-Corruption and Integrity in the Arab Countries (ACIAC) regional project cooperated with the UNDP Country Offices in Jordan and Lebanon to raise the awareness of the youth and promote their constructive engagement against corruption.  In Jordan, UNDP worked with the University of […]

Anti-Corruption for Social Equality: Breaking the Chain with Evidence from Viet Nam

Sarah Dix and Jairo Acuña-Alfaro, UNDP Policy Advisors Agenda 2030 and its novel Goal 16 on peaceful, just and inclusive societies clearly recognize that sustainable development should be governance-informed development.  Goal 16 is larger than the sum of its parts and calls for innovative ways to advance responsive and accountable institutions as an integral dimension to sustainable development. […]

Fighting corruption in infrastructure – a must for achieving the 2030 Agenda

In September 2015, world leaders from 193 UN member states gathered in New York to adopt the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To achieve this universal agenda, we’ll need robust and transparent investment in infrastructure to lay the physical foundations for progress on many of the goals.  Agenda 2030 aims for a world that is […]

Let’s talk about corruption. But let’s start with transparency and accountability

  According to the Barometer of the Americas nearly 70 percent of Latin American interviewees admitted having been asked for a bribe in the past year. But there’s room for hope: 86.3 percent of interviewees stressed that paying a bribe as unjustifiable, according to the same survey. In recent years Latin Americans have increasingly demanded more accountable, open […]

On the International Anti-Corruption Day, “Carla’s Dreams” music project encourages young people to believe in themselves and break the corruption chain

On the International Anti-Corruption Day, the Carla’s Dreams music project urges young people of the Republic of Moldova to rely only on their own efforts and break the corruption chain. Their message appears in a short video produced with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Moldova. The members of Carla’s Dreams […]

The Secretary-General Message on International Anti-Corruption Day

Global attitudes towards corruption have changed dramatically.  Where once bribery, corruption and illicit financial flows were often considered part of the cost of doing business, today corruption is widely — and rightly — understood as criminal and corrosive. The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, our plan to end poverty and ensure lives of dignity […]

Photo Exhibition Because-of-the-Corruption Offers People’s Perspective

To mark the International Anti-Corruption Day, UNDP and Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI) organized an exhibition with 20 best photos from over 130 that were posted on social networks by more than 100 citizens. The competition for best online photography on the theme “Because-of-the-Corruption” was open to all enabling posting photos on social networks: Facebook, Twitter, […]

Tackling corruption in the construction sector of Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – Construction companies face corruption risks throughout all steps of construction from submission of building permit requests until the State Committee endorses that building meets all technical requirements and standards. Corruption costs affect both small and large construction companies alike, and as a result increases the price paid by consumers. So, what are specific […]

Video Statement by UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark: 2015 International Anti-Corruption Day

Video Statement by UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark: 2015 International Anti-Corruption Day

International Workshop for Public Construction Transparency (2-4 December 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea)

Hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the workshop brought together more than 70 participants from governments, civil society and international organizations and shared experiences from the Korea’s Clean Construction System and other initiatives around the World. Honorable Won Soon Park, Mayor of Seoul, opened the workshop with his key note speech. More information will be […]

Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network special event at St. Petersburg UNCAC conference

UNDP, UNODC, and the Kingdom of Morocco supported the Arab Anti-Corruption and Integrity Network (ACINET) in organising a special event that focused on the Arab region on the sidelines of the 6th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), held in St. Petersburg, Russia, on 2-6 November 2015. […]

Jordan goes “beyond the minimum”

JORDAN has completed the national review of its implementation of Chapter II of the UN Convention against Corruption dealing with preventive measures. This includes related policies and practices; establishment of specialized bodies; reforming of the civil service; adoption of codes of conduct for public officials; integrity in the judiciary and prosecution; integrity in public procurement […]

‘Wealth of local talent’ in new UNDP Regional Hub for the Arab States

HELEN Clark, UNDP Administrator, and H.E. Mr. Nasser Judeh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and Expatriate Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, officially inaugurated UNDP’s Regional Hub for the Arab States in Amman, on 8 November 2015. This is the latest regional Hub to be established by UNDP following the ones in […]

From Open Government Partnership to Open States Partnership – The Chilean Experience

  Writer: Rocio Noriega, Governance, Ethics and Transparency Advisor, UNDP Chile Country Office The relationship between citizens and legislators is undergoing a process of strong tensions and divergences. This represents a core challenge for any democratic regime. Even if the declining trust in institutions is becoming a trend sustained over the past decade around the […]

The biggest anti-corruption summit in Ukraine’s history is in the spotlight

The international anti-corruption conference was organized by the Anti-Corruption Task Force of the National Reform Council lead by the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. UNDP became one of the core co-organizers for the event that gathered state officials, international practitioners, civic activists, and business-people from across the globe. One of the main tasks of the […]

Parliamentarians meet at the UNCAC Conference in St. Petersburg to mobilize best practices

On November 5, UNODC and UNDP, under the UN Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project, hosted with the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) a special event “6th Forum of Parliamentarians” aimed at mobilizing best practice implementation of UNCAC, held during the Sixth Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption […]

Pacific delegates make strong SIDS stance at UNCAC conference

Pacific delegates to the Conference of State Parties (CoSP) in St. Petersburg, the Russian Federation, have had their strong call for Pacific recognition in the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) deliberations agreed to this week. “Hard work by all the Pacific delegates saw a motion sponsored by Fiji and Nauru to recognize Small Island Developing […]

From photo tilts to patient rights – Promoting transparency and anti-corruption in Kosovo

  All references to Kosovo below shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).     #becauseofcorruption photo competition UNDP Kosovo has launched the “#becauseofcorruption“ (#fajikorrupsionit or #zbogkorupsije) competition, in which everyone is invited to show the damaging effects of corruption in their daily lives by using photos as […]

Empowering Kosovo youth to fight corruption and improve governance

  All references to Kosovo below shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).     UpShift Transparency In Kosovo youth makes up one-third of the total population. Yet, it is a traditionally marginalized group. The young are underrepresented, with almost no say in the decision-making processes. Add corruption […]

“Tackling Corruption in Development Projects” – 13th Reg’l Seminar, ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific

THE 13th Regional Seminar “Tackling Corruption in Development Projects” organized by UNDP, in partnership with the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific, brought together about a hundred participants, from anti-corruption agencies, international organizations, donor countries, as well as representatives from the private sector, civil society, and media, from more than 20 states of […]

Photo Competition #becauseofcorruption Launches

UNDP Kosovo has launched the “#becauseofcorruption“ (#fajikorrupsionit or #zbogkorupsije) competition, in which everyone is invited to show the damaging effects of corruption in their daily lives by using photos as a means of communication.  To be part of the competition, there are two simple steps: (1) Take a photo of the damaging effect of corruption […]

Access to data crucial for achieving Global Goals, says UNDP and partners in Turkey

Antalya, Turkey – Both a significant hurdle against corruption and a tool for boosting and measuring development progress, open data promises to be at the heart of the world’s drive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), delegates said at a G20 side event which concluded on 14 November. Titled “Open data: enabling inclusive, sustainable and […]

GAIN receives delegation of civil servants from Russia

  On 26 October 2015, UNDP Global Anti-corruption Initiative (GAIN), in partnership with the National University of Singapore, organized a meeting with a 22-member delegation of mid-level civil servants from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). RANEPA is an institute of higher management education for current and future state and […]

6th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to UNCAC in St. Petersburg

  The sixth session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) (2 to 6 November 2015) took place in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.   The Conference addressed issues such as UNCAC implementation, asset recovery, prevention and technical assistance. The general discussion of the Conference served as an opportunity for […]

Towards Effective Anti-Corruption Bills in Tunisia

The Anti-Corruption and Integrity in the Arab Countries (ACIAC) regional project continued its collaboration with UNDP Tunisia to support inclusive consultations among key stakeholders in the country on three anti-corruption bills that were developed by an intergovernmental committee in June 2014 with the support of the regional project. The bills cover “illicit enrichment”, “asset declaration” […]

Helen Clark: Speech at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit 2015 Event “Openness for All: The Role for OGP in the 2030 Development Agenda”

“Agreement on Goal 16 by world leaders resonates with the call by millions of citizens around the world who, when they were asked what they wanted included in the new goals, answered “honest and responsive government”. Goal 16 is also a natural fit with the objectives of the OGP. Its targets include: • promoting the […]

UNDP Co-develops an Anti-Corruption Training Curriculum for Chinese Civil Servants

On 16th October 2015, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China brought together prominent Chinese anti-corruption experts from China Center for Comparative Politics and Economics, China University of Political Science and Law and Tsinghua University as well as representatives from the Central Party School and local Academies of Governance from Beijing, Shandong, Shanghai and Sichuan […]

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