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 LDP’s work dealing directly with anti-corruption initiatives include:
- Conducting a multi-donor evaluation of international anti-corruption initiatives for Norad, DFID, Danida, Sida and Asian Development Bank
- Designing a donor support programme for the Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority
Example of LDP's Anti-Corruption Work
Bangladesh, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Tanzania and Zambia - Joint External Anti-Corruption Evaluation.
LDP (as a core team member in a consortium) undertook an evaluation of DFID, NORAD, Sida, Danida and Asian Development Bank anti-corruption support in five countries. The evaluation looked at the effectiveness and relevance of donor support to anti-corruption including a 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.