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Combatting corruption


Corruption can take many forms: petty corruption occurs at a smaller scale and takes place at the implementation end of public services when public officials meet the public. Grand corruption usually involves high ranking officials diverting public resources or plundering natural resources for their own interest. Political corruption typically refers to state capture and political party financing. Systemic corruption includes corruptive practices and processes at different State levels, which can be performed by multiple State actors and institutions.

The damaging effects of corruption regarding development aid are well known: fraudulent investment, misappropriation of public funds for private ends, petty corruption that acts like a tax with no redistribution, impunity that strains the credibility of the legal system and hence of the entire State apparatus. Poor people are affected especially hard because they have little negotiating power and no resources to offset the lack of infrastructure and public services caused by corruption. Corruption is undermining peace and security because it causes dissatisfaction, mistrust and can lead to conflicts.

SDC follows a combination of approaches to fight corruption: It works with State institutions in partner countries to reduce opportunities for corruption, to increase transparency and financial management capacities, to enhance the parliament's oversight role and the judiciary's role to stop the vicious cycle of impunity. It supports public oversightinstitutions and initiatives, such as for example anti-corruption commissions or citizens, civil society initiatives and media watch dog role. SDC is also promoting integrity of the business sector. Corruption is either addressed with specific anticorruption programmes or as a transversal theme in SDC programmes, by promoting the principles of transparency and accountability. At the global level SDC is engaged in various anti-corruption initiatives (e.g. the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) of World Bank Group and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime) and is supporting international competence centres. It has for example a partnership with Transparency International, U4 Anticorruption Resource Centre, and the International Centre for Asset Recovery in Switzerland. And importantly, SDC takes measures to prevent or combat corruption within its own institution and programmes, including the collaboration with implementing partners, and it advocates for a coherent anti-corruption policyof Switzerland. In this regard SDC is engaged in combatting illicit financial flows and promotes upright conduct of Swiss private sector operating in partner countries. SDC, in collaboration with other departments is highly committed for the return of stolen assets to source countries.

Below you will find the SDC strategy on fighting corruption and an overview of responsible SDC units and survey of SDC programmes, a compilation of engaged International and multilateral organisations, links to training and resource centres and an a series of publications.



Key documents: SDC

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    Factsheet Water Integrity Network

    Water integrity and the fight against corruption allow for effective governance in the water sector with keeping costs in check. lt is a prerequisite for the efficient achievement of safe Water and adequate sanitation for all. Following a human based approach, this initiative aims to increase water integrity by supporting advocacy work at the global and national level. In the four countries, specific multi-stakeholder coalitions are active to increase transparency, accountability and participation at the national, regional and local level.

    Key Reading Document
    SDC
    2017
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    Factsheet Transparency International

    Transparency International (TI) is the leading global Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working against corruption. It has succeeded in placing and maintaining the fight against corruption on the international agenda. TI’s overall goal is to stop corruption and promote transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of society. To achieve this, the TI Movement focuses on promoting reforms within the public and private sectors that increase transparency and accountability, and on empowering civil society to advocate for and monitor such reforms.

    Key Reading Document
    SDC
    2017
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    Factsheet, Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) of World Bank Group and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

    Asset recovery is an important priority on the global agenda. Demand for expertise on asset recovery remains high around the world. Asset recovery is a priority for SDC, the Message 2014-2017 and Switzerland as a financial center with its pioneering role in general. This contribution will support the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR). StAR is a partnership between the World Bank Group and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) that supports international efforts to end safe havens for corrupt funds.

    Key Reading Document
    SDC
    2017
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    Factsheet Natural Resource Governance Institute

    To avoid resource curse outcomes in developing countries, including those where Swiss companies operate and where Swiss development agencies are active, greater transparency, accountability and oversight are required. A partnership with the Natural Resource Governance Institute will pursue this aim by advancing global transparency norms, strengthening accountability actors, and informing policymakers with evidence-based analyses for improving governance in this crucial sector. The project is relevant in particular to priority countries identified for an increased level of action by the Federal Council on March 26, 2014: Bolivia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Afghanistan, and Mongolia.

    Key Reading Document
    SDC
    2017
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    Factsheet ICAR-Asset Recovery

    The International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR) is an independent not-for-profit competence center in asset recovery with a mission to support developing countries to recover stolen assets. SDC has supported ICAR since its creation in 2006 given its international importance as a strategic partner in asset recovery. The Asset Recovery agenda is of high political importance to Switzerland because of its pioneering role in taking legal measures against stolen assets deposited in Swiss banks and in returning them to their rightful owners.

    Key Reading Document
    SDC
    2017
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Key documents: other

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    Recommendation of the Council for Development Cooperation Actors on Managing the Risk of Corruption

    There is strong awareness among the global community that corruption poses serious threats to development goals and that international development agencies have a common interest in managing and reducing, to the extent possible, the internal and external risks to which aid activities are exposed, in order to obtain effective use of aid resources. This Recommendation of the Council for Development Co-operation Actors on Managing the Risk of Corruption (Recommendation) promotes a broad vision of how international development agencies can work to address corruption, including the bribery of foreign public officials, and to support these agencies in meeting their international and regional commitments in the area of anti-corruption.

    Key Reading Document
    OECD
    2016
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Further reading documents

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    TI_UN Habitat 2014, Tools to Support Transparency in Local Governance

    Tools to Support Transparency in Local Governance

    Further Reading Document
    Transparency International, UN-HABITAT
    2004
    Bridget Oballa; Michael Lippe; Mohamed Halfani; Raf Tuts; Szilard Friscka
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    TI, National Integrity System, Assessment toolkit

    This toolkit introduces the National Integrity System (NIS) concept and approach and provides those implementing the NIS with the necessary information and tools to conduct the NIS assessment. The annexes also contain key operational information for this assignment, such as interview guidelines, a draft NIS workshop agenda and several specific guiding documents for the research component of the project.

    Further Reading Document
    Transparency International
    2012
    Transparency International
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    TI Nat, Integrity System_ Indicators Foundations

    Indicators Foundations

    Further Reading Document
    Transparency International
    2017
    Transparency International
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    TI 2016, Integrity Pacts_ a how to guide from practitioners

    An Integrity Pact is a tool that seeks to improve transparency, accountability and integrity in public procurement. It was developed by Transparency International to help governments, businesses and civil society fight corruption in public contracting. The purpose of this publication is to contribute to the already existing literature on Integrity Pacts, but from a civil society perspective.

    Further Reading Document
    Transparency International
    2016
    Adam Daka, Apollinaire Mupiganyi, Ashutosh Kumar Mishra, Claire Martin, Donal O’Leary and cie
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    TI 2014, Anti-corruption kit_15 ideas for young activists

    Anti-corruption kit: 15 ideas for young activists

    Further Reading Document
    Transparency International
    2014
    Yvonne Goudie, StΓ©phanie Burnett, Anna Thayenthal
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Links

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