|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:
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:
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.
REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION
For more information contact GOVIntegrity@oecd.org.