This report presents the initial findings of a project to gather information on the integrity practices of development agencies, conceived as a foundational step toward consideration of an OECD guideline or standard on integrity for development co-operation actors. It builds on aid donors’ growing recognition of the threats that corruption poses to development results and on the momentum to address these threats more completely, as evidenced by frameworks such as the UN Convention Against Corruption, the 1996 DAC Recommendation on Anti-Corruption Proposals for Bilateral Aid Procurement, the OECD Recommendation of the Council on Bribery and Officially Supported Export Credits, the 2007 DAC Policy and Principles on Anti-Corruption and other instruments. None of these initiatives, however, captures the full range of practices that help development agencies maintain integrity in their portfolios. The purpose of a new guideline or standard would be to create a comprehensive statement of principles and recommended practices for reducing the risk and/or incidence of corruption, tailored to the particular challenges of development work.
Hart, E. Building Donors’ Integrity Systems: Background Study on Development Practice. OECD, (2015) 77 pp.