Workshop on Corruption Risk Assessment and Management

Over 70 officials from all over Papua New Guinea attended the Corruption Risk Assessment and Management workshop in Port Moresby. The workshop was co-organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Prime Minister and National Executive Council Office (PMNEC) in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as part of the European Union-funded PNG Anti-Corruption Project, implemented by UNDP and UNODC.

May 5, 2023

Mr Drago Kos, UNDP Anti-Corruption Consultant (left), Mr. Thomas Eluh, Interim Chairman of the Interim Independent Commission Against Corruption of Papua New Guinea (middle) listening to Acting Director of Governance Branch, Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council (PMNEC), Mr. Jeffrey Murley.

Seru Kepa | UNDP Papua New Guinea

The workshop aimed to sensitize participants to Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) as a process for the identification and mitigation of corruption risks in public institutions; and to discuss and agree on the scope and methodology for the ‘Corruption Risk Management and Mitigation Framework’ as indicated in the National Anti-Corruption Plan of Action (NACPA).

‘’Undertaking the Corruption Risk Assessment will be beneficial for institutions to determine specific corruption-related risks, threats, and vulnerabilities to corruption; to define further measures and eliminate the risks, and develop an effective response to them,’’ said Alma Sedlar, UNDP Chief Technical Adviser (Anti-Corruption). 

Participants discussed the objectives of corruption risk assessment and its different practices and approaches, as well as all the critical steps in corruption risk assessment and management, such as identifying, evaluating, and prioritizing corruption risks, devising corruption risk mitigation plans, and monitoring the implementation of risk mitigation plans. 

‘’This training is critical in terms of identifying corruption in our institutions. I believe that exposing corruption within individual, institutional systems and processes will enable us to fight corruption more effectively at the national level,’’ said Mr. Jeffrey Murley, Acting Director of Governance branch, PMNEC. 

The NACPA 2020 - 2025 identified the need to establish corruption risk management systems in public organisations and to incorporate the corruption risk management and mitigation strategy into the general corporate strategy of public organisations. 

’The European Union has made funds available under the Partnership for good governance. The PNG Anti-Corruption Project is embedded in that partnership,’’ said Mr. Davide Messina, Programme Manager, European Union Delegation to Papua New Guinea, and affirmed the continued efforts and commitment of the EU to the government of PNG through their partnership for good governance. 

The workshop was attended by the representatives from PMNEC, the Department of Justice and Attorney General (DJAG), the Interim Independent Commission Against Corruption of Papua New Guinea (ICAC), the Ombudsman Commission Office, Transparency International PNG, the Department of Finance, the Department of Treasury, all other Social Law and Order Sector agencies and departments, the provincial and district governments.

UNDP organized the workshop in partnership with the Department of Justice and Attorney General under the PNG Anti-Corruption Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP and UNODC.