UNDP launches new SDG Partnership to share Korea’s “Clean Portal” digital corruption and public interest violation reporting system

August 10, 2022
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In collaboration with UNDP’s Global Policy Network (GPN), UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) officially launched a new thematic programme with a webinar jointly organized with Korea’s Anti-corruption & Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) on 29 June 2022, to introduce its digital corruption and public interest violation reporting platform called “Clean Portal.”

In line with UNDP’s Strategic Plan and Digital Strategy 2022-2025 which highlight the importance of inclusive digital transformation for social accountability, transparency and effective corruption prevention, USPC plans to release a Call for Expression of Interest (EOI) for UNDP Country Offices seeking seed funding and advisory support on building a digital mechanism for corruption reporting and handling public interest violation.

In the opening, Dr. Anne Juepner, Acting Director of USPC, thanked ACRC for its continuous partnership to share its know-how and experiences in operating the ‘Anti-corruption Initiative Assessment (AIA)’ and ‘Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA)’ mechanisms, and encourage current and future partner countries to further benefit from ACRC’s Clean Portal model to bring more efficient and innovative digital solutions into their anti-corruption methodologies. 

Opening remarks followed from Mr. Young Jae Won, Director of the International Relations Division of ACRC. Mr. Won described Korea’s strong focus on developing digital governance for effective public services, transparency and accountability, highlighting the critical role of the Clean Portal in engaging citizens in corruption prevention. Greatly appreciating how ACRC’s focus on digitalized anti-corruption aligns with UNDP’s Digital Strategy 2022-2025, Mr. Won promised full support in the field of anti-corruption between UNDP and partner countries.

Dr. Anga Timilsina, UNDP’s Global Programme Advisor on Anti-corruption, provided an overview of UNDP’s Global Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies (ACPIS) programme. Addressing the lessons learned from the previous pilot programmes within UNDP’s Anti-corruption sector, Dr. Timilsina emphasized that a ‘system approach’ that works at a strategic level to develop a mutual learning portfolio of initiatives is critical as it creates a diagonal effect with long-term commitment. Moreover, Dr. Timilsina explained how USPC’s new Call for EoI is well-aligned with UNDP’s global plan to make full use of innovative digital tools and global knowledge platform to make anti-corruption activities more sustainable.


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Mr. Jungoh Son, Policy Advisor on Anti-corruption in UNDP explained the overall structure of Korea’s digital governance system, underlining how Clean Portal functions as a one-stop platform that provides integrated services for e-governance and anti-corruption. Highlighting how Clean Portal contributed to ACRC’s enhanced integrity and achievement of Korea’s improved Corruption Perception Index score, Mr. Son summarized the key lessons learned from Korean digital anti-corruption practices including sustainable investment, strong institutional framework, enhanced digital literacy, and the development of adequate monitoring and evaluation system.

Moreover, Mr. Jeong Taek Oh, Director of the Inspection Planning Division in ACRC, delivered a presentation on the digital corruption reporting system of Clean Portal. Mr. Oh emphasized the need to implement a digital system that creates an efficient corruption reporting mechanism for wider target actors including administrative supervisory agencies, National Assembly members, and public organizations. Mr. Oh also explained the benefits of Clean Portal from the perspectives of both users and public organizations, as well as from the viewpoint of corruption-preventing institutions like ACRC, which include improved accessibility and efficiency, reduced costs and workforce burden, and enhanced connectivity across anti-corruption policies based on corruption data analysis.

The webinar concluded with a presentation by Ms. Ahjung Lee, Policy Specialist and Governance Portfolio Manager at USPC. Ms. Lee addressed the purpose and significance of the new USPC programme to share ACRC’s Clean Portal, and explained the key features and benefits of the programme based on USPC’s knowledge exchange experiences on anti-corruption with ten partner countries including Colombia and Montenegro.

* UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) shares Korea’s tested-and-proven policy tools with other countries through SDG Partnerships. SDG Partnerships provide a combination of support, including partnership development with Korean institutions, seed funding, technical assistance, and policy advisory services. It utilizes UNDP’s global policy network of country offices and the policy expertise and know-how of partner organizations such as ACRC.