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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 are the best practices and recommendations for governments and oversight agencies regarding transparency, integrity and anti-corruption in response to extreme climate events? Please include examples of actions from other countries, encompassing prevention, adaptation, immediate response and reconstruction processes.

The climate crisis has resulted in an increase in frequency and severity of extreme weather and climate events. In response to this, the international community and national governments have allocated funds for adaptation and response projects to enhance societal resilience and mitigate the impact of these events. However, emergency funding - particularly in the immediate aftermath of a crisis - can create opportunities for corrupt public officials to misappropriate funds, manipulate project direction, or demand bribes from communities. Longer term adaptation and reconstruction projects are also at risk of political interference and manipulation. To safeguard such projects, decision-makers should implement anti-corruption and integrity measures throughout these responses, and even before a disaster takes place.


  1. Background
  2. Corruption and resilience to extreme weather and climate events
  3. Corruption risks
    1. Political corruption
    2. Petty corruption
  4. Overarching integrity and anti-corruption measures
  5. Integrity and anti-corruption measures at the decision-making level
  6. Integrity and anti-corruption measures at the project level
  7. References


Caitlin Maslen [email protected]


Matthew Jenkins and Gvantsa Gverdtsiteli




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