1. Chandler Sessions on Integrity and Corruption
The Chandler Sessions on Integrity and Corruption at Oxford University is a three-year programme convening senior anti-corruption officials worldwide to develop and test a new generation of strategies to entrench public integrity. The Sessions convene a consistent group of 15 senior officials, all known as effective and innovative leaders of anti-corruption institutions. Together with a small group of academics and expert journalists, the officials participating in the Sessions survey the field, search for effective policy responses, debate the priorities for innovation, and develop and test a set of new strategies for strengthening integrity in government institutions and dislodging entrenched corruption.
2. European Research Centre for Anticorruption and State-building (ERCAS)
The European Research Centre for Anticorruption and State-building (ERCAS) was founded in 2013 by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, the President of the Romanian Academic Society at the Hertie School in Berlin. ERCAS developed the EU-funded innovative projects ANTICORRP and DIGIWHIST, alongside many others and was instrumental in developing the anticorruption education centre ACREC at the University of Kyiv Mohyla after the Revolution of Dignity. ERCAS has turned over the years into an international research network centre, with units in Bucharest, Berlin, Roma and Kyiv and contributed to a new generation of fact-based integrity and transparency indicators like the Index for Public Integrity, the Corruption Risk Forecast, the T-index all on www.corruptionrisk.org, as well as data repositories like www.euopam.eu and www.opentender.eu.
3. Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT)
The Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) is an action network established in 2011 to achieve sustained and measurable improvements in fiscal transparency and inclusive participation by advancing global norms, peer-learning, collaborative assistance, and promoting the use of digital tools. Comprised of 58 members, it brings together ministries of finance, civil society organizations, international financial institutions, and other stakeholders, and facilitates meaningful dialogue to find, share and advance solutions to challenges in fiscal openness. The World Bank Group, the IMF, International Budget Partnership, International Federation of Accountant, and the budget national authorities of Brazil, the Philippines and Mexico, are the lead stewards of GIFT. With support from the US State Department, the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) publicly launched the Advancing Fiscal Transparency online course in July 2022. Ideal those who want to understand how they can contribute to, and benefit from transparency in the use of public resources, the course provides frameworks, research, tools and detailed explanations towards making fiscal information more open and accessible.
4. Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence (GI-ACE)
The Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence (GI-ACE) programme, funded by UK’s FCDO, supports research projects around the world that generate actionable evidence on concrete corruption issues that policymakers, practitioners, and advocates can use to design and implement more effective anti-corruption initiatives. GI-ACE moves away from national-level top-down technical and regulatory approaches and instead prioritizes operationally relevant, problem-driven, rigorous, and actionable research. The programme investigates anti–corruption, focuses on real-world problems (not just concepts or theory); tackles the politics of anti-corruption (as well as the technical barriers); and seeks to demonstrate impact (by measuring reduced corruption). Since 2018, GI-ACE has supported 19 research projects, which produced 85+ publications – with the next phase of up to 9 projects kicking off later this year.
5. Global Network for Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability (GNACTA)
The Global Network for Anti-Corruption, Transparency and Accountability (GNACTA) is a multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral initiative with the primary objective to form strategic alliances, drive thought leadership, build capacity and implement evidence-based solutions targeting corruption in the health sector in a way that fosters health systems strengthening for the achievement of universal health coverage and other Sustainable Development Goals.
6. Government Transparency Institute (GTI)
The Government Transparency Institute (GTI) is a non-partisan think tank researching and advocating for transparency, anti-corruption, and good governance globally. It helps citizens and companies hold governments accountable through the publication of novel, large-scale datasets and robust analyses. GTI brings together top-quality academic research with policy-relevant insights by drawing on a diversity of disciplines such as political science, economics, law, and data science; as well as applying quantitative and qualitative methods. GTI has a strong expertise and main focus on corruption, collusion and spending efficiency in public procurement, and works extensively on regulatory quality. GTI’ corruption risk methodology has won multiple awards, including the first place at the IMF Anti-Corruption Challenge. It makes its data and indicators available on complex risk analytics portals such as https://opentender.eu/. Its policy advice has fed into policy reforms at the national and international stages, such as the European Union’s anti-corruption policy.
7. Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)
The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) is an award-winning industry-led collective action initiative, working in partnership with industry, governments, and civil society to eliminate maritime corruption and promote inclusive trade. With over 190 companies from the maritime industry in the membership, MACN represents more than 50 percent of the total global tonnage transported at sea. MACN achieves its mission by strengthening the industry’s anti-corruption programs; catalyzing integrity reforms in collective action with government, industry, and civil society; and by promoting integrity standards in maritime trade. For more than 10 years, MACN has been successful in addressing corruption, improving the business climate, and supporting digital technology to leverage transparency and integrity reforms in locations such as Argentina, Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Ukraine.
8. National Democratic Institute (NDI)
NDI is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that works in partnership around the world to strengthen and safeguard democratic institutions, processes, norms and values to secure a better quality of life for all. NDI envisions a world where democracy and freedom prevail, with dignity for all. NDI works with political parties, civic groups, parliaments, and other organizations and individuals in more than 60 countries to strengthen democratic institutions, safeguard elections, advance citizen engagement, and promote open and accountable government.
9. Canada, Ecuador, and the Netherlands: Roundtable on Anti-Corruption in the Hague
In November 2022, Canada, Ecuador, and the Netherlands co-hosted the first High-Level Roundtable on Anti-Corruption in The Hague. Prior to the Roundtable, the co-hosts had conducted initial consultations with government officials, experts from civil society, international organizations, and academics. Key findings and recommendations resulting from these initial consultations were shared with the participants in the form of three thematic Discussion Briefs and a draft set of Guiding Principles. Based on these documents, more than 40 states and 20 multilateral organizations and NGOs examined the merits of a range of actions to strengthen the global fight against (grand) corruption. Discussions included the implementation of existing international instruments and commitments, capacity building, technical assistance funding, beneficial ownership transparency, non-conviction based forfeiture, and the establishment of an international anti-corruption court. Planning is underway for a follow-up meeting with multilateral organizations, development banks, and international financial institutions in the fall of 2023.
10. Open Contracting Partnership (OCP)
One in every three dollars spent by governments is on a contract with a company, making public procurement the world’s biggest marketplace worth US$13 trillion per year. At the same time, the opacity, discretion, and huge amounts of money involved mean that public procurement is governments’ single greatest corruption risk. Founded in 2015, the Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) is the only organization working globally on systemic, impactful public procurement reforms. OCP supports goal-driven reforms, data & digitization, and building coalitions of changemakers to open up and transform government contracting. OCP has helped governments, civil society, businesses and journalists in over 50 countries to achieve impressive results fighting corruption and increasing transparency and integrity. OCP provides expertise, guidance and tools through training, workshops, technical assistance and capacity development. Our practical tools for anti-corruption practitioners include red flags for anti-corruption, use case guidance, open contracting business intelligence and analysis, and open contracting data portals.
11. Open Ownership
Open Ownership is driving the global shift towards beneficial ownership transparency. We work to create a world where governments, businesses, and citizens can readily access and effectively use accurate, complete, and high-quality information on the true owners of corporate vehicles.
12. Partnership for Transparency (PTF)
Partnership for Transparency (PTF) is a civil society organization (CSO) run by a small staff and over 70 expert volunteers, many who worked at the World Bank previously. We support innovative CSO-led approaches to reduce corruption, increase transparency and accountability, and strengthen governance in low- and middle-income economies. PTF envisages a world free of corruption in which citizens trust public officials and institutions and hold them accountable and responsive to their communities’ needs. Currently, we are collaborating with local CSOs on anti-corruption projects pertaining to education, environment, gender equality, health, humanitarian assistance, and public procurement in Argentina, Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Malawi, Moldova, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Zambia. In addition, PTF will publish a report entitled “Enhancing Citizen-Driven Delivery and Accountability in IDA Operations” later in 2023.
13. People Powered
Our mission is to expand people’s power to make government decisions, by supporting organizations and governments that are building participatory democracy around the world. We are a people powered organization building people powered government.
14. Transcrime – Università Cattolica
Transcrime is the Joint Research Centre on Innovation and Crime of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, and the Università degli Studi di Perugia (Italy). Transcrime was established in 1994 and is directed by Prof. Ernesto Savona. It is one of the leading research hubs for the study of organized and financial crime at the global level. It employs an integrated approach (criminology, law, economics, data science, sociology, forensic accounting, IT) and has carried out over 250 projects at national and international levels. Among them, projects DATACROS I and e IIwww.transcrime.it/datacros2, KLEPTOTRACE and FALCON developed innovative tools for European public authorities to trace grand corruption, sanction circumvention schemes and complex corporate structures at high-risk. The spin-off company Crime&tech (www.crimetech.it) translates Transcrime research into tools, models, indicators and advanced data analytics applications for the public sector and private entities (e.g., banks, financial intermediaries, professionals, corporates) for AML/CFT and third-party due diligence purposes.
15. Transparency International
Transparency International is a global movement comprising independent national chapters and affiliates in over 100 countries and the international Secretariat. Through our advocacy, campaigning and research, we work to end corruption and hold the powerful to account for the common good, demanding greater transparency and integrity in all areas of public life. The common good, to us, means the outcomes set by the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals that serve humanity, as a whole, and for the long term, including by protecting human rights, advancing social justice and leaving no one behind.
16. University of Rome Tor Vergata
The IMPPM Program at the University of Rome Tor Vergata is a full time post graduate Master characterised by an interdisciplinary content and meant to attract professionals with relevant experience from all over the world as well as young students interested in preparing for a career in public procurement. This program offers to participants the opportunity to improve their skills and upgrade their competencies, bringing direct improvements and benefits to the public institutions they represent. It is a challenging program where ethical, sustainable, strategic and legal issues are deepened on a global scale. Students of this program will directly improve their ability to decipher and utilise competitive supply strategies, generate societal impact and encourage ethical behaviour through the use of best practice principles and a focus on accountability and transparency.
17. World Bank: Anticorruption Reforms in Armenia
In 2018, Armenia initiated wide-scale anticorruption reforms. The World Bank provided financial and technical support to the Government to generate evidence, develop methodologies and skills, and build monitoring and reporting mechanisms, digital solutions, and information systems for more effective anticorruption efforts.
18. World Bank: Case Studies on the Fight Against Corruption
The World Bank has undertaken a fresh assessment of challenges governments face in tackling corruption, what instruments tend to work and why, and how incremental progress is being achieved in specific country contexts. The “Enhancing Government Effectiveness and Transparency: The Fight Against Corruption” flagship report covers sectors, tools, and institutions that are key in the area of anticorruption and can be a resource for many stakeholders. It shows positive examples of how countries are progressing in their fight against corruption. The report is part of a series of initiatives being led by the Equitable Growth, Finance & Institutions (EFI) Vice Presidency to reaffirm the Bank’s commitment to anticorruption.
19. World Bank: Global Public Procurement Database (GPPD)
The Global Public Procurement Database (GPPD) is the first global public good dedicated to capturing country system procurement, public procurement performance, and e-Procurement information. Since its launch in 2020, the GPPD has hosted over 17,500 website visitors from 184 countries. A combination of World Bank staff and country representatives (217 total authorized users) are responsible for making continuous updates to GPPD data. These authorized users collect over 70 data elements from 218 countries and sub-national entities annually (~15,500 total data elements per year). The GPPD currently contains data from years 2018 – 2021.
20. World Bank: Governance Risk Assessment System (GRAS)
The Governance Risk Assessment System (GRAS) uses advanced data analytics to improve the detection of risks of fraud, corruption, and collusion in government expenditures. GRAS increases the efficiency and effectiveness of audits and investigations by identifying approximately 200 risk patterns, including conflict of interest, bid rigging, potential shell companies or strawmen, and inconsistency with corporations and partners. GRAS has been piloted in Brazil, helping identify numerous high-risk cases. The system can be replicated in other countries and Data Environment Assessments to identify opportunities have taken place Ecuador, Panama, and Peru. GRAS optimizes the process of detecting fraud in public expenditure, saving valuable resources, and increasing the effectiveness of audits.
21. World Bank: Integrity Vice Presidency
Corruption undermines development objectives, interferes with the World Bank Group’s fiduciary responsibility, and damages the reputation of the WBG and its clients. The WBG sanctions system addresses allegations of fraud, corruption, collusion, coercion, and obstruction (collectively known as the “WBG sanctionable practices”) by firms and individuals involved in WBG operations. The Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) is mandated to support the institution’s development goals by working to detect, deter, and prevent fraud and corruption involving World Bank Group (WBG) funds or by WBG staff or corporate vendors.
22. World Bank: Procurement Anticorruption and Transparency (ProACT)
The Procurement Anticorruption and Transparency platform (ProACT) leverages the increasing digitalization of public procurement and openness of government data globally to strengthen accountability and promote transparency in public procurement, and ultimately contribute to increase integrity and efficiency of government spending in works, goods and services. ProACT collects, harmonizes, and analyzes open data from national electronic procurement systems from 46 countries and open data on World Bank and IDB financed contracts for over 100 countries, for a total of over 21 million contracts across 120 countries. It allows users to search and analyze specific contracts, tenders, buyers, suppliers, and markets, at a global level. It also provides country-level statistics, including competition, transparency and integrity indicators.
23. World Bank: State Capture and Policy Making Tool
Over the past two decades, state capture and corruption have emerged as critical challenges, hindering sustainable growth and trust in state institutions. Policymakers have focused on addressing different forms of corruption, but state capture remains one of the most challenging because of its political nature. State capture can slow growth and has the potential to create a vicious circle as in such contexts those in power have the incentive to further extract rents from the economy and preserve the status quo. To begin to tackle state capture, it is crucial to understand a country's political and institutional context. The World Bank has developed an approach that evaluates institutional mechanisms that can facilitate capture. This tool was first applied in the MENA region and subsequently in selected countries in Latin America. This has created new knowledge for policymaking and space for policy dialogue and initial reforms even in captured contexts.
24. World Bank: Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative
The Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative is a unique partnership between the World Bank Group and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that, since its inception in 2007, has been supporting international efforts to end safe havens for corrupt funds and assists in the facilitation of recovery of the proceeds of corruption. StAR’s work is based on Chapter V of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which sets out the aim, measures and arrangements for the recovery of stolen assets. The standing and convening power of its parent organizations provides StAR with a strong voice in international policy discussions and the ability to facilitate multilateral and bilateral contacts between significant actors. StAR’s work also includes capacity building for practitioners and technical assistance on legislation related to asset recovery and innovative, data-driven research.