This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk brief was produced in response to a query from one of Transparency International’s national chapters. The Anti-Corruption Helpdesk is operated by Transparency International and funded by the European Union.
Can you provide information on countries that have recently passed anti-corruption packages? What are the main areas covered by the packages? How was the package proposed and who proposed it? Was the public consulted on the content of the package? Was there public support or pressure to approve it? What can be considered as key for the approval of the package?
- Anti-corruption packages: an overview
- Examples of recent anti-corruption packages
- Key success factors
Several recent examples exist of countries deciding to address corruption through a comprehensive anti-corruption package. Such reform packages have been passed, or attempts have been made to pass these packages, in Mexico, Ukraine, Greece, Iraq and the EU. They were all comprehensive in nature and addressed a range of levels of governance.
While dependent on the country context, these reform packages typically address several aspects of national governance, including civil society space, transparency in public finances, economic policy, the civil service, financial controls, judicial independence and institutional mandates.
Implementing such a wide package of reforms successfully requires several factors to be in place. This includes political leadership and strong political will for the reforms, supportive coalitions of actors driving the process forward, and a data-driven approach to understand how corruption is occurring and consequently where reform is needed.
Jackson Oldfield, Transparency International, [email protected]