USPC shares knowledge on Korea’s Anti-Corruption Tools with UNDP Iraq

Mar 6, 2018

On 6 March 2018, the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) hosted a webinar on “Sharing Korea’s Innovative Anti-Corruption Policy Tools” with UNDP Iraq and UNDP Lebanon. The webinar was a useful venue to share Korea’s anti-corruption experience in an interactive manner, and to identify policy tools that can be benchmarked and adapted to the context in Iraq.

Since 2015, UNDP Iraq, with the support of UNDP Lebanon, has been addressing high-level corruption in Iraq; recovering corruption-related assets smuggled abroad; establishing an anti-corruption network with NGOs, interest groups, and citizens; and improving the country’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) scores.

Mr. Ahmed Alyssery, Assistant Country Director of UNDP Iraq, noted that Iraq’s anti-corruption efforts have been stymied by lack of a national corruption assessment system and various loopholes and flaws in their laws and procedures. These challenges have prevented the country from detecting and proactively addressing its corruption problems. To overcome such constraints, Mr. Anouar Ben Khelifa, Investigations Specialist at UNDP Iraq, stated that the country “hoped to learn from Korea’s experience and utilize some of Korea’s innovative anti-corruption tools”.

In response, Ms. Ahjung Lee, Policy Specialist at USPC, introduced the experiences of the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of the Republic of Korea. In particular, USPC presented ACRC’s Anti-Corruption Initiative Assessment (AIA), a policy tool that systematically encourages public institutions to undertake anti-corruption efforts by assessing the effectiveness of public sector organizations in implementing the government’s anti-corruption policies and initiatives. An annual exercise for corruption prevention in Korea since 2002, all assessment scores are publicized, and organizations are ranked each year. Furthermore, USPC presented information on ACRC’s Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA), which is a useful tool to prevent the occurrences of corruption by identifying and removing corruption risks in bills as well as existing laws and regulations.

USPC, with the support of the Republic of Korea, works closely with partners to convey Korea’s development experience and policies to help countries achieve their priorities for sustainable development.