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.


Our institution is looking for guidance to: 1) incorporate gender considerations and; 2) incorporate human rights into anti-corruption programming and would like to know if there are successful practices gained from other partners to do this.


The literature on mainstreaming human rights in anti-corruption is scare. This answer draws on reports and guidelines of mainstreaming human rights into the broader development agenda.


  1. Why mainstream gender and human rights into anti-corruption programming?
  2. The process of mainstreaming gender and human rights in anti-corruption programming: an overview
  3. Mainstreaming gender in anti-corruption programming
  4. Mainstreaming human rights in anti-corruption programming
  5. References


There is a broad consensus that the anti‑corruption and human rights agenda can mutually benefit from each other, but research is more advanced on how to mainstream gender in anti-corruption interventions and to ensure that men and women are equally benefitting from anti-corruption programmes and that programmes have no (unintended) consequences that disproportionally affect men or women.

Mainstreaming gender and human rights into anti-corruption interventions require taking into account gender and human rights considerations throughout four steps of the programme cycle, from the very early stage of strategy setting and conception of programme activities to programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.


Ortrun Merkle


Marie Chêne, Transparency International, [email protected]




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