Corruption undermines the achievement of all the SDGs by depleting valuable resources and degrading the quality of public services. For UNDP, financial integrity is a service delivery issue, a development finance issue, and most importantly, a trust issue of citizens in their government institutions. When high-level officials exploit public assets, public trust erodes, people are deprived of economic opportunities, and democratic institutions are weakened. The drain of available public funds leads to reductions in essential goods and service delivery and weakens the capacity of countries to implement critical development agendas.
UNDP’s anti-corruption initiatives support the legitimacy of public authorities and trust in governance. They act as accelerators to achieve the SDGs, which rely on effective, transparent, and inclusive governance mechanisms and institutions to meet the needs of all people. UNDP provides policy and programme support on anti-corruption and coordinates UNDP’s internal work through regional hubs and country offices. It enhances the accountability, transparency, and anti-corruption measures that are critical for the efficient delivery of public goods.
UNDP’s work in anti-corruption has been instrumental in advancing the transparency, accountability, and integrity agendas at global, regional, and country levels. UNDP integrates anti-corruption solutions in service delivery sectors, strengthening the institutional capacity of government institutions, civil society organizations, and the private sector to prevent and address corruption, leveraging technology and innovation for integrity and anti-corruption, and leading anti-corruption knowledge and global advocacy.
UNDP has six service lines addressing anti-corruption: 1) anti-corruption for effective service delivery; 2) integrity for climate, biodiversity, and environment; 3) anti-corruption for conflict prevention and peacebuilding; 4) transparency and integrity in cities and local authorities; 5) anti-corruption for economic governance and development financing; and 6) empowering agents of change for anti-corruption.
Statement by the UNDP Administrator: International Anti-Corruption Day 2022, 9 December
9 December 2022
International Anti-Corruption Day 2020: ‘Recover with Integrity to Build Forward Better’
8 December 2020
New Technologies for Sustainable Development: Perspectives on Integrity, Trust and Anti-Corruption
12 October 2021
Corruption and Contemporary Forms of Slavery: Examining Relationships and Addressing Policy Gaps
30 September 2020
Integrating Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption in Socio-Economic Impact Analyses
2 September 2020
Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption Service Offer for COVID-19 Response and Recovery
2 September 2020