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.


Please provide an overview of risk management approaches designed to minimise corruption at project level and a survey of particularly vulnerable areas in development assistance. The query should be targeted at project managers and field officers.


  1. Corruption risk management approaches
  2. Risk management of key vulnerabilities in development projects
  3. References


Development assistance has great potential to contribute to positive and lasting change. However, certain corruption risks need to be taken into account to ensure that aid does not fuel corruption. Most donor agencies now have mechanisms to help ensure that their schemes do not unwittingly encourage corrupt practices. Yet, non-specialist project staff tasked with programme planning and implementation are often ill-equipped and underprepared to identify and address the corruption risks they face. This Helpdesk answer provides an overview of risk management strategies at project level for areas particularly vulnerable to corruption: financial management, procurement, human resources, training and partner relations.


Matthew Jenkins, Transparency International, [email protected]


Marie Chêne, Transparency InternationalFinn Heinrich PhD, Transparency International



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