Our work in Anti-Corruption
Corruption slows down progress towards building governance institutions responsive and accountable to citizen's needs. Corruption also has an adverse effect on growth. Transparency International estimate that a 1 standard-deviation increase in corruption lowers investment rates by 3 percentage points and lowers average annual growth by about 1 percentage point.
Promoting transparent and accountable institutions and government, cuts across much of our work. Strengthening the institutions in the justice sector responsible for combating corruption and dealing with complaints, and ensuring a regulatory framework for effective oversight are key elements of our justice sector reform work. Improving the investment climate to operate openly and fairly for all business women and men is a key element of our private sector development work. Examples of our work include:
- Co-undertaking an evaluation of DFID, NORAD, Sida, Danida and Asian Development Bank anti-corruption (AC) support in five countries (Bangladesh, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Tanzania and Zambia). The evaluation looked at the effectiveness and relevance of the commissioning donors support to AC with a particular focus on corruption as it affects the poor and women. The emphasis was on lessons learned and identifying interventions that work, fail or actually harm country efforts in the fight against corruption (Asian Development Bank, DFID, NORAD, Sida, Danida, 2009-2010).
- Reviewing DFID's Security, Justice and Growth Programme in Nigeria (£35 million over nine years), with particular responsibility for the reviewing the Growth Component (including commercial law reform, dispute resolution and land reform). Other aspects included anti-corruption, community policing, access to justice and laws reform (DFID, 2009).