Anti-corruption helpdesk: on-demand research on corruption

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What’s at stake?

Anti-corruption activists need to stay ahead of the curve and access the latest and best of anti-corruption knowledge in order to fight corruption and advocate for reforms. But anti-corruption knowledge is interdisciplinary and cross-cutting, and often scattered across a variety of disciplines and actors around the world. Our Anti-Corruption Helpdesk bridges this gap by compiling concise answers to practical anti-corruption questions to inform anti-corruption responses and policies.

What we’re doing about it

The Anti-Corruption Helpdesk is a knowledge service that offers on-demand, fast turnaround research on corruption to the Transparency International movement, EU development practitioners, U4 partners and other stakeholders.

Subscribers to the service can ask any corruption-related question and receive a targeted answer within a guaranteed timeframe. Questions are answered in the form of short briefings, which draw on our pool of contributing experts to harness the full spectrum of expertise available across the Transparency International movement and beyond.

Who’s involved

The Anti-Corruption Helpdesk relies on a network of several hundred recognised experts with specialised knowledge of particular regions or thematic areas. Experts are drawn from the Transparency International movement, academic partners, research institutions, think tanks, NGOs and international organisations. Our network continues to expand as new knowledge needs are identified.

Our approach

Helpdesk answers typically provide a synthesis of the state of research on a specific topic, identifying lessons learnt from case studies as well as practical recommendations for anti-corruption approaches. Topics cover a wide range of corruption-related issues, from the effectiveness of anti-corruption agencies, to tackling corruption in post-conflict situations, to recent trends in anti-bribery laws. 

All answers deemed useful for a wider audience – unless explicitly classified as confidential by the enquirer – are made anonymous and published online on the Transparency International, U4 and Capacity4dev websites, in order to be made available to the broader anti-corruption community. 


All answers listed in the files below that are not published can be accessed on request via

Country / Territory - International   
Region - Global   
Language(s) - English   
Topic - Access to information   |   Accountability   |   Asset recovery   |   Climate governance   |   Conventions   |   Defence and security   |   Education   |   Environment   |   Forestry   |   Gender   |   Governance   |   Health   |   Human rights   |   Humanitarian assistance   |   Judiciary   |   Land   |   Law enforcement   |   Oil and gas   |   Organised crime   |   Politics and government   |   Poverty and development   |   Private sector   |   Public procurement   |   Public services   |   Technology   |   Tools   |   Transparency International   |   Whistleblowing   |   Youth   
Tags - Research   |   Knowledge sharing   |   U4 Helpdesk   |   TI Helpdesk   |   On-demand research   |   Best practices   |   Anti-corruption helpdesk   

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