A No to Corruption is a Yes for You: Pacific Anti-Corruption Movement a Testimony to the World

14 Dec 2017 by Bakhodir Burkhanov and Jeremy Douglas

With corruption, our planet earth, and its finite resources, are being sold out. The people in the Pacific - more than anywhere else - know that the world is facing daunting environmental challenges. Many of them are caused by corruption committed by government officials and the private sector. … Read more

Why combating corruption in government contracts is key to funding the Sustainable Development Goals

01 Mar 2017 by Elodie Beth, Bangkok Regional Hub

As government's cast the net wider to fund the Global Goals, the savings from combating corruption remain a cache of untapped funding. Estimates show that about a fourth of global procurement budgets is drained through corruption, roughly two trillion USD annually. Photo UNDP Viet Nam
As the world looks for new ways to finance the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, combating corruption in public procurement may trigger a virtuous cycle of ensuring higher quality public services and infrastructure that is built to last longer, as well as savings that can finance new development projects that bring us closer to the goals. … Read more

Truth-by-phone: How PNG is pitting the humble mobile phone against massive corruption

23 Oct 2014 by Tito Balboa

Papua New Guinea stands at one of the most decisive junctures in its development. With predicted record levels of economic growth of 20% for 2015, the country has a unique opportunity to leverage significant sustainable and equitable improvements of Human Development of the more than 7 million Papua New Guineans. However, if poor choices are made, the impact of the high growth rates will be limited, even detrimental to the development prospects of the nation. This ‘paradox of plenty’ occurred when a 20% growth rate in the early 1990s was followed by a ‘lost decade’ for the majority of the population. Despite the Government of PNG’s increased budget allocations to provincial, district and local level governments by 87% over the last two years, low implementation capacity at sub-national level has prevented the high volume of resources to translate effectively into improvements in the lives of the population. One reason for this inefficiency is corruption.  
 In 2013, government task force estimated that almost 40% of PNG’s annual budget (approx. USD 6.5 billion) was lost to corruption and mismanagement, a worrying number that seems to be confirmed by Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perception Index, and the World Bank’s Global Governance Corruption Index. … Read more

Tackling illegal money flows in Asia could bring schools, hospitals and bridges to the poorest

11 Sep 2014 by Elodie Beth

Corruption Complaint BoxGlobally, illicit financial flows drained roughly US$950b from the developing world in 2011 according to Global Financial Integrity. Photo: “Corruption Box,” available under a Creative Commons 2.0 license, © Michael Goodine
Illicit financial flows (cross-border flows of money that are illegally earned, transferred or utilised) are depriving the poorest economies in the region from vital funds for development. And the consequences of these flows on the sustainability of some of the region’s strongest economies are still largely underestimated. … Read more

How citizen-led data is supporting policies in Viet Nam

04 Jun 2014 by Jairo Acuña-Alfaro and Pratibha Mehta

  Provinces across Viet Nam are now starting to shape their policies in response to priorities and experiences that citizens report in UNDP Annual PAPI Survey. Photo: UNDP
The relationship between governments and citizens has undergone a sea-change in most developing countries in the last decade, riding a tide of economic aspirations that are swelling the ranks of the middle class. Viet Nam is no exception. There seems to be a general rule of thumb: the more prosperous and educated citizens become, the more they want efficient and accountable governments.   Citizen-led monitoring and accountability are emerging as key features of the new Post-2015 development agenda as a means of enabling citizens to define the issues they believe should be prioritized in the development process. They are also vital if governments, both local and central, are to be held to account. With Viet Nam’s entry into the club of middle-income countries, citizens are increasingly demanding a public administration system that promotes equitable development, and spreads the dividends of prosperity across an ever-widening sphere. Citizens expect greater participation in the decision-making processes of public policies, as well as in their implementation and monitoring. It was in this context of increasing demands for greater citizens’ voice in government affairs that UNDP Viet Nam and its national partners looked for innovative ways for the government and citizens to better communicate with each other. … Read more

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