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This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from the European Commission. The Anti-Corruption Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International and funded by the European Union


What mitigation measures should delegations (and the EU at large) consider when implementing projects in an environment with systemic corruption?


  1. Internal management systems
  2.  Mitigating strategies at programme and project levels
  3. References


This query was handled as an urgent request and provides initial information on mitigation measures that can be considered in highly corrupt environments


In general, bilateral aid risks being lost to corruption particularly when it flows to countries with endemic corruption. Donors are therefore concerned about identifying and mitigating corruption risks at the country, sector and project levels. This includes putting in place effective mechanisms to ensure transparency, accountability and integrity of their operations and staff.

In addition to creating internal integrity management systems and ensuring that staff and operations adhere to the highest integrity standards, donors have also integrated safeguarding measures in all aspects of country assistance to protect projects and loans from corruption and ensure that aid is used for its intended purpose. This includes strengthening mechanisms to effectively prevent, detect and sanction corruption.


Marie Chêne, Transparency International, [email protected]


Finn Heinrich, Ph.D., Transparency International, [email protected]



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