Financial incentives for whistleblowers

Filed under - Whistleblowing

Published on 6 June 2017 as a TI Helpdesk answer
Can you provide information on whistleblower reward programmes? Which countries have such reward programmes, and what are the main features? Is there any research showing the effectiveness of such reward systems; that is, are people more likely to blow the whistle if a reward is given or not?


  1. Rationale for introducing financial incentives for whistleblowing
  2. Main features of reward programmes
  3. Country examples
  4. References



Several countries, such as the US, Canada and South Korea, have introduced whistleblower reward programmes that aim to increase the quantity of disclosures about cases of corruption, fraud, misconduct and other illegal activities. These mechanisms award informants with a payment if their information leads to successful prosecution or recovery of funds. Some analyses suggest that these programmes are successful as they incentivise individuals or groups to come forward with information. However, alternative research suggests that they could create potentially negative effects, such as a rise in false reports. This Helpdesk answer provides an overview of reward programmes and examples of countries which have enacted such legislation.

Author(s): Caitlin Maslen, Transparency International,

Reviewed by: Marie Chêne, Transparency International,
Publication date: 6 June 2017
Number: 0

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Country / Territory - Hungary   |   Pakistan   |   South Korea   |   United States   
Region - Global   
Language(s) - English   
Topic - Accountability   |   Civil society   |   Whistleblowing   
Tags - Whistleblowers   |   Whistleblower protection   |   Whistleblowing   

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