Integrity in civil service. 2022

Integrity in civil service. 2022

June 16, 2022

The publication studies the current trends and practices in the protection of integrity and whistleblowing in the public service, as well as key attitudes and perceptions of public servants about issues of integrity and ethics.

The study is based on a combined methodology of desk research and qualitative as well as quantitative surveys. Information has been collected from 219 public institutions and 242 civil servants.

The research has been conducted by the Institute of Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the British Government.

Key findings:

  • The legislation does not oblige public institutions to develop codes of ethics and practical tools (explanatory manual) for their implementation.
  • Most public institutions stated that they had not adopted an integrity policy document, a code of ethics and practical tools for their implementation.
  • Most of the public institutions (87 agencies) clarified that they do not have internal channels for whistleblowing. 80 agencies abstained from answering the question, while 52 public agencies confirmed the functioning of internal disclosure channels.
  • 53% of respondents express a positive attitude towards the whistleblowing mechanism.
  • A large proportion of the surveyed public servants positively assess the environment of integrity in their organization.