U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre

This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from a U4 Partner Agency. The U4 Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International in collaboration with the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre based at the Chr. Michelsen Institute.


Can you provide an overview of the various corruption measurements, with a particular focus on when to use these (their benefits), and when not to use these (their limitations).


This will assist to provide an overview to staff of strength and weakness' of the various tools and indexes


1. Corruption measurement tools
2. Good governance assessments
3. References


This tool guide is not meant to be an exhaustive list. The tools were selected on the basis of the availability of an evaluation of their scope, strengths and weaknesses. Strengths and weaknesses will often be relative to the intended users’ needs, and as the paper is intended to serve a broad spectrum of development practitioners it cannot be comprehensive in its assessment. Moreover, this paper only presents a selection of multi-country indices. Practitioners are however also advised to explore local reports and surveys which may at times be more specific and informative. 


This paper provides an overview of a number of publicly accessible tools to assess a country’s level of corruption or good governance. These tools comprise qualitative and quantitative country data, and covers corruption perception, good governance legal and institutional frameworks as well as their implementation. The tools are classified by alphabetical order (organisations).


Sofia Wickberg, Transparency International, [email protected]


Dieter Zinnbauer, Transparency International, [email protected]; Jesper Johnsøn, CMI, [email protected]




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