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Anti-corruption in focus: Thematic leadership for the OGP

This project is a continuation of work

This project is a continuation of work from the Open governance: Helping citizens engage with government project which was completed in 2019.

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Corruption continues to be one of the most pressing problems affecting countries all over the world. Transparency International’s (TI) 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) indicates that many countries still have a long way to go to end corruption. Corruption takes away much needed tax dollars that should go towards essential services for citizens and undermines democratic institutions. It affects people’s daily lives and erodes their trust in political and economic systems, institutions and leaders. Only when effective measures are taken to tackle corruption, fraud and waste will service delivery improve and citizens regain trust in government. However, implementing effective anti-corruption measures requires committed governments and an engaged civil society.

To this effect, Transparency International is working with the Open Government Partnership (OGP) to advance ambitious anti-corruption commitments. Every two years countries participating in the OGP develop and implement action plans with concrete commitments in pursuit of more transparent, participatory and accountable governments. Relevant stakeholders at the national level can use these action plans to embed anti-corruption reforms that are aligned with internationally agreed standards. At the same time, action plans can help fulfilling country obligations to implement integrity policies acquired through different international and regional fora. While over 200 anti-corruption specific commitments have been included in OGP Action Plans to date, more can be done to promote more specific, actionable and ambitious anti-corruption commitments.

For the past few years, Transparency International Secretariat TI-S has provided coordination and advocacy support to the numerous TI chapters engaged in their domestic OGP processes, to governments developing anti-corruption related commitments, and thought leadership related to anti-corruption in the OGP.

TI-S continues to work with its network of country chapters, in close collaboration with the OGP Support Unit (OGP-SU) and other strategic partners, to lead the anti-corruption theme within the OGP and achieve increased adoption and implementation of strong anti-corruption related commitments in participating countries. To achieve this, TI-S will focus its engagement on the following key areas:

  • Support ambitious anti-corruption commitments at the country level
  • Enable better cross-country learning on key anti-corruption sub-themes within the OGP
  • Coordinate on action from global forums to the national level on anti-corruption

In order to support in their development and implementation of ambitious anti-corruption commitments we have developed a series of recommendations for governments and civil society organizations on priority anti-corruption themes such as:

  • Beneficial ownership transparency
  • Transparency in political financing
  • Transparency in lobbying
  • Open contracting
  • Assets and interest declarations
  • Women and corruption

You can find the recommendations in our ‘Publications and resources’ tab.

Find out which chapters we are working with in our ‘Who’s involved’ tab.

More information on our collaboration with OGP is available in this Memorandum of Understanding:

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