Fighting corruption in the public sector

Managing Conflict of Interest in the Public Service

 

Ensuring that government decisions are not influenced by public officials’ private interests is a growing concern. New forms of partnerships between government and the private sector present new challenges for policy-makers and public managers.

 

 

MANAGING CONFLICT OF INTEREST REQUIRES A BALANCE

 

A too-strict approach to controlling private interests may conflict with other rights or be unworkable or deter experienced and competent potential candidates from entering public office or public service. A modern approach to conflict-of-interest policy seeks to strike a balance by:

 

  • Identifying risks
  • Prohibiting unacceptable forms of private interest
  • Raising awareness of the circumstances in which conflicts can arise
  • Ensuring effective procedures to resolve conflict-of-interest situations

  

 

OECD GUIDELINES FOR MANAGING CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE

 

The OECD helps countries modernise their approach for managing conflict of interest by mapping “at risk” areas and positions within the public service. It identified a set core principles and standards for the design and implementation of conflict-of-interest policies: The Guidelines for Managing Conflict of Interest in the Public Service. They:

 

  • Provide a practical framework of reference for reviewing and modernising existing policy solutions in line with good practice
  • Promote a public service culture in which conflicts of interest are properly identified and resolved or managed
  • Support partnerships between the public, private and non-profit sectors in identifying and managing conflict-of-interest situations

 

The OECD supports and measures progress the implementation of the Guidelines through a toolkit  to provide generic examples and practical ideas and instruments for policy-makers and managers. It also conducts analysis of the application of conflict-of-interest policies.

 

 

See also: 

 

 

POST-PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT

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Reviews the measures taken in OECD countries to avoid conflict of interest when officials leave public office.

REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION 

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Highlights the progress made in managing conflict of interest in the public service in OECD countries.

TOOLKIT

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Provides generic examples and practical ideas and instruments for policy-makers and managers.

 

  


For more information contact GOVIntegrity@oecd.org.

 

 

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