Corruption, or the abuse of public power for private gain, hinders democratic development by reducing trust in government and inhibiting its institutional ability to address the needs of citizens. This week, the Biden-Harris Administration released the first-ever United States Strategy on Countering Corruption, marking a new chapter in U.S. anticorruption efforts. A major line of effort highlighted in the Strategy is bolstering public sector anti-corruption capacities through transparency and open government approaches, considerations for anti-corruption across other spheres of development assistance, and support for independent audit and oversight institutions.
While many interventions led by international actors tend to focus on empowering civil society, depending on the context, the U.S. government and its partners can also work with a host government on anti-corruption initiatives. To help public institutions deploy evidence-based solutions to combat corruption, the International Republican Institute (IRI) has developed an Evidence Briefer for Best Practices for Working with Governments on Anti-Corruption.
Over the past 15 years, IRI has implemented over 75 anti-corruption and transparency programs in over 150 countries. Based on years of experience working alongside civil society and governments to tackle corruption-related issues, this document summarizes entry points and best practices which can allow practitioners to collaborate with supply-side actors in combatting corruption and improving transparency.Top