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Chapter 15: From Information to Indicators: Monitoring Progress in the Fight Against Corruption in Multi-project, Multi-stakeholder Organizations
15 From information to indicators: monitoring progress in the fight against corruption in multi-project, multistakeholder organizations Scott A. Fritzen and Shreya Basu INTRODUCTION Corruption’s rise to prominence in the global discourse on governance and development can be witnessed in the high-profile legislative activity and the proliferation of organizations committed to combating it in recent years. Despite public commitments by governments and international organizations to root out corruption, many of the efforts of the last two decades have struggled to move past the rhetoric of reform. While much scrutiny is directed towards national governments, vested as they are with the responsibility of ridding their polities of corruption, pressures have also increased on private sector corporations and non-governmental actors as well. In practice, any organization that functions across multiple jurisdictions and projects, and that works with multiple partner organizations under complex accountability arrangements, has a potentially difficult task at hand: managing corruption risks within their organization, while managing external expectations, perceptions and pressures about the same (Fritzen, 2007). While large multilateral donor agencies like the World Bank fit neatly into this profile (and form the focus of this chapter), so do publicly-listed international corporations, national and bi-lateral aid agencies, international non-government organizations and even (often statutorily independent) governmental anti-corruption agencies. A range of anti-corruption interventions have been tried and tested by these organizations over the years. Yet, practical and effective implementation of anti-corruption measures – especially in climates of systemic resistance and adversity – has often proved elusive (Bolongaita and Bhargava, 2003; Fritzen, 2006)...
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