Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies


In the last decade, anti-corruption has been one of the fastest growing service areas worldwide. Preventing and addressing corruption and illicit financial flows (IFFs) are now an integral part of global, regional, and national development discourses. This has been due to the near-universal ratification of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) by 189 countries (as of 11 August 2021) and the growing importance of Governance and anti-corruption in enhancing sustainable development. Corruption impedes progress on all the SDGs and undermines effective development cooperation and financing for development. Anti-corruption acts as an accelerator to achieve the SDGs, which rely on effective, transparent and inclusive governance mechanisms and institutions to meet the needs of all people, and it supports the legitimacy of public authorities, and trust in governance. 

The Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies (ACPIS) global project, housed in OGC, is UNDP’s main vehicle for providing policy and programme support on anti-corruption and coordinating UNDP’s anti-corruption work both internally through UNDP regional hubs and country offices and externally with other relevant partners.

UNDP’s work on anti-corruption has been instrumental in advancing the transparency, accountability and integrity agendas at global, regional and country levels. The ACPIS global project contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by integrating anti-corruption solutions in service delivery sectors, strengthening 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 on anti-corruption. 

UNDP takes the lead in supporting efforts to integrate anti-corruption, transparency, accountability and integrity in:
  • Key development areas such as health, education and water sectors, climate change, biodiversity and environment, economic governance and development financing;

  • UN/UNDP’s governance programmes such as public sector reforms, local governance, rule of law, and women’s empowerment, and

  • UN/UNDP’s country-level programming processes such as improving results, institutional effectiveness, ethics, and integrity.

The evaluation of the global anti-corruption programme, Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies (ACPIS) (2017-2021), highlighted UNDP’s added value in anti-corruption as: incubator of ideas, knowledge broker to build networks, facilitator to support beneficiaries identifying pathways to reform, and thought leader promoting new approaches.

UNDP has a vibrant anti-corruption Community of Practice (CoP), aligned with the CoP on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, with six global CoP meetings since 2003, and practitioners from UNDP Regional Hubs, COs, and donor and programme partners in the global anti-corruption network.

    Contact our Global Anti-Corruption Team

    Anga Timilsina – Global Programme Advisor on Anti-Corruption:

    Aida Arutyunova – Programme Manager:

    Karen Dominique Brillantes – Research and Knowledge Management Analyst:  

    Twitter: @UNDPGAIN)


    UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner delivering a message at the Global Conference on Harnessing Data to Improve Corruption Measurement in Vienna on 31 August 2023.