Transparency International

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


What are good anti-corruption safeguards, standards and practices for non-state actors providing public services in humanitarian settings?

Humanitarian crises create emergency situations that see an increase in the demand for public services and humanitarian aid that the state is not always able to meet. In these contexts, civil society organisations, the private sector and international organisations can step in to provide essential goods and services. As funds pour in, it is important that non-state entities adhere to transparency standards and establish anti-corruption safeguards to ensure funding is truly reaching people in need.

This Anti-Corruption Helpdesk Answer considers integrity and transparency standards for non-state actors tasked with providing public goods and services to affected communities in humanitarian settings.

The Arabic version of this Helpdesk Answer is available here.


  1. Role of non-state actors in humanitarian settings
  2. Cross-sector practices
    1. Transparency standards and initiatives
    2. Risk assessment
    3. Whistleblowing systems
    4. Sectorial transparency standards and initiatives
    5. Practices to curb corruption
    6. Sectorial transparency standards and initiatives
    7. Practices to curb corruption
    8. Beneficial Ownership
    9. Collective action
  3. Final recommendations
  4. References


Gabriela Camacho [email protected]


Matthew Jenkins and Aram Khaghaghordyan




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