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IMF COVID-19 Anti-Corruption Tracker

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is providing funds to support countries with their economic recovery. Yet, countries will not succeed in their recovery efforts, if they don’t also tackle corruption. We’ve analyzed all countries currently receiving COVID-19 financial assistance and debt relief from the IMF to see which funds include specific anti-corruption measures and which don’t.

Countries with or without anti-corruption measures

The colours on the map below indicate which countries have or don't have anti-corruption measures in place, as part of their COVID-19 financial assistance and debt relief from the IMF.*

*Several countries included in the map and graphic above have multiple IMF loans. These countries may appear in yellow because at least one of those loans includes an anti-corruption measure. However, other loans from the same country may have no anti-corruption measures. For a detailed list of each country and their subsequent loans, please see the table below.

Top recommendation

We need to ensure critical funds reach the people who need them most. With US$1 trillion dollars in lending capacity and so many lives at stake, it’s more important than ever for the IMF to ensure that corruption doesn’t cost any additional lives.

If there is one thing that the IMF could do to have a more lasting impact in the fight against corruption, especially during emergency times, it would be:

Amend the 2011 Policy on Liquidity and Emergency Assistance

The IMF’s response to COVID- 19 has shown that it is feasible to include specific governance and anti-corruption safeguards in emergency loan agreements.

The IMF should extend these measures to all countries by integrating those governance safeguards into its 2011 policy.

For a full list of recommendations, read the blog

Amending the 2011 policy would not only help to save lives and prevent the misuse of IMF funds, but also address the lack of consistency of anti-corruption measures in emergency financing.

The table below summarizes information on every emergency COVID-19 loan and debt relief funds published by the IMF and highlights whether those programs include any anti-corruption measures, and if so, what specific type of commitments are in place.

  • “Yes” indicates some anti-corruption measures are included.
  • “No” indicates either no anti-corruption measures are included, or the measures can’t be monitored due to their lack of specificity and/or measurability.

For more detailed information, download the full spreadsheet, which includes links to the original sources and text of each anti-corruption commitment:

Table by region:

IMF COVID-19 anti-corruption commitments

Notes about the table:

Last updated: 20 September 2020

* The emergency relief program includes a mention to an anti-corruption/transparency measure that can’t be monitored due to its lack of specificity and/or measurability.

**Countries commit to publishing information for large procurement contracts or those that exceed a certain amount of money (also known as threshold).

"," is thousands separator; "." represents decimal point.

Every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of the information contained in this table and spreadsheet. All information was believed to be correct as of 20 September 2020. Nevertheless, Transparency International cannot accept responsibility for the consequences of its use for other purposes or in other contexts. The information provided in this table is for your convenience and is not intended to replace the official information provided by the IMF.