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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


Please provide an overview of corruption risk assessment and management approaches in the public sector. Please provide country examples.


This paper would be used as guidance on how to design a corruption risk assessment and management methodology for public institutions.


  1. Overview of corruption risk assessment
  2. Tools and country examples
  3. References
  4. Appendix


The purpose of a corruption risk assessment and management exercise is to identify and address specific institutional structures, systems and processes which may be more vulnerable to corruption. It often results in an anti-corruption plan. 

There is no one-size-fits-all methodology to corruption risk assessment and management. Many different approaches exist with various elements. Some good practices emerge in terms of who should participate in the process: the institution assessed, of course, but also relevant stakeholders such as the institution’s users, the national institution or entity responsible for ensuring public sector integrity (court of audit, anti-corruption agency or ombudsman), civil society organisations, and other external experts. It is also considered good practice to use various data sources to ensure a certain level of quality and reliability of the findings.

Several corruption risk assessment and management tools as well as country methodology examples are presented in this document.


Marie Terracol, Transparency International, [email protected]


Andrew McDevitt, Transparency International, [email protected];Marie Chêne, Transparency International, [email protected]




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