Transparency International

This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from one of Transparency International’s national chapters. The Anti-Corruption Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International and funded by the European Union


Could you please provide an overview of best practices for anti-corruption commissions?


This paper will serve as a resource for a comparative assessment of anti-corruption commissions involving various countries.


1. General recommendations for anti-corruption commissions
2. Country examples of good practices
3. References


Inspired by the well-known and well-documented success of the Hong Kong and Singapore experiences, anti-corruption commissions have mushroomed across the world since the 1990s. Despite their varying levels of success, they are often still considered by most stakeholders to be the ultimate response to corruption.
The structures and activities of anti-corruption commissions differ significantly from one country to another, affecting their respective effectiveness and independence. In spite of the fact that anti-corruption commissions have existed for several decades, common global principles for them were only agreed upon by representatives of anti-corruption commissions and international organisations in 2012, with the Jakarta Statement.

This paper provides an overview of the principles and standards endorsed in the Jakarta Statement, which can contribute to creating robust and independent anti-corruption commissions that inspire public confidence and effectively reduce corruption. The paper also points to a number of country examples to illustrate these “best practices.”


Sofia Wickberg, Transparency International [email protected]


Marie Chêne, Transparency International; Robin Hodess, PhD., Transparency International




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