We’re looking at corruption in this issue of DACNews...

What is the link between strengthening governance in developing countries and the fight against corruption? OECD’s Secretary-General, Mr Angel Gurría writes exclusively for DACNews on the growing consensus among governments and international institutions to work together to fight corruption. The OECD has been at the forefront of this fight for many years - see booklet - perhaps most significantly with The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention "...one of my personal commitments will be to push for tougher enforcement of that", writes Mr Gurría.


October 2006

Aid to strengthen good governance has increased mainly due to exceptional flows to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004

Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs also writes exclusively for DACNews about Denmark’s new approach to governance and anti-corruption in their aid programmes; “I believe that without good governance, other political and economic reforms will often have only limited effect.”

The OECD-DAC is in the final stages of producing its new Policy Paper on Anti-Corruption. This provides clear OECD-DAC guidance on how donors can best work together with developing countries against corruption, and calls for joint donor corruption assessments, anti-corruption benchmarks and targets, and more. The text will be finalised shortly. DACNews readers can see DAC's draft anti-corruption principles which will be approved along with the policy paper.

Post the IMF/World Bank meeting in Singapore last month, where discussions on corruption and governance were high on the agenda, DACNews gathers together the key documents including the oral intervention and the Joint written Statement by Mr Gurría and the Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, Richard Manning.  The Singapore meeting also saw the launch of the World Bank’s USD 24 million Gender Action Plan, developed in close collaboration with the OECD-DAC Network on Gender Equality. Plus the launch of the new World Bank strategy to strengthen governance, and its new governance indicators.

Transparency International's Bribe Payers Index 2006 was published on 4 October, and shows that bribery by companies among the world’s export giants is still common. Clearly, corruption is not just a developing country problem. More Transparency International diagnostic tools are available, including the Corruption Perception Index and the Global Corruption Barometer.

Also in this issue...

Peer Reviews

Coming up: Greece on 22 November 2006 and United States on 7 December 2006. Plus the first mini-review of a non-DAC donor, the Czech Republic, next year.

What is a Peer Review?

News in Brief

Link up to four off-prints from the publication Promoting Pro-Poor Growth: Policy Guidance for Donors (forthcoming):

Promoting Pro-Poor Growth:
   1. Key Policy Messages
   2. Private Sector Development
   3. Agriculture
   4. Infrastructure



OECD-DAC countries' ODA in 2005:
US$ 106.5 billion - Up 31.4% since 2004 in real terms -
Percentage of GNI 0.33%

OECD DAC Statistics including Aid at a Glance charts for DAC members and recipient countries.

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