Anti-corruption and integrity in the public sector

Managing Conflict of Interest in the Public Service

OECD Guidelines and Country Experiences

Published on January 12, 2004

Also available in: Spanish, French

Governments need to ensure that public officials perform their duties in a fair and unbiased way. The pressure comes from a society and a business community that are increasingly well-informed, and specifically from a general demand for unbiased and transparent public decision-making. The OECD Guidelines for Managing Conflict of Interest in the Public Service provide the first international benchmark in this field. They help governments review and modernise their conflict-of-interest policies in the public sector. The report highlights trends, approaches and models across OECD countries in a comparative overview that also presents examples of innovative and recent solutions. Selected country case studies give more details on the implementation of policies in national contexts and on key elements of legal and institutional frameworks.


OECD Guidelines for Managing Conflict of Interest in the Public Service
Managing Conflict of Interest. A Comparative Overview of OECD Countries
The Experiences of OECD Countries
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The OECD supports countries in various ways to strengthen their conflict-of-interest framework including

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