Corruption and integrity improvement initiatives in developing countries

Author(s) : UNDP. Management Development and Governance Division

Organization : UNDP. Management Development and Governance Division, OECD. Development Centre

Imprint : New York (N.Y.), UNDP, 1998

Collation : 138 p.

Notes : Incl. bibl.

This book offers the view of eminent thinkers and practitioners on how to reduce and eventually eliminate corruption. It shows that, while helpful, democracy is by no means a cure for corruption, nor is economic liberalisation a panacea for ending public sector crime. The contributors call for strategies that combine law enforcement, prevention through institutional reforms and public support. A strong correlation between successful anti-corruption programmes and civil liberties is demonstrated throughout the book. The authors conclude that efforts should not only focus on cross-border and "grand" corruption, but "petty corruption" as well, which directly affects the living conditions of the majority. They also underline that there is a need for caution in relying on civil society in the fight against corruption, which is not a sufficient guarantee of either the sustainability of anti-corruption measures or their developmental consequences. Publication of this material follows an international conference in Paris on the same theme, co-sponsored by the United Nations.

  • Accountability, Anti-corruption strategies, Legal framework, Monitoring / control, Civil society, Corruption, Economic and social development, Globalization, Governance, Integrity, Public sector, Transparency
  • International