2009 marked the 10th anniversary of the ADB/OECD Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia and the Pacific. At its 12th meeting in Singapore, the Steering Group therefore decided to conduct a review of the Initiative to assess its impact on fighting corruption in the region, as well as to determine its future direction.
The Initiative accordingly retained two independent outside consultants to conduct the review. From March to November 2009, the reviewers gathered information by researching the Initiative’s materials and interviewing various stakeholders, including Steering and Advisory Group members, staff from the ADB and the OECD, and the OECD Working Group on Bribery. The reviewers also visited four of the Initiative’s member countries (Indonesia, Korea, Philippines and Sri Lanka) to meet government officials and civil society. The review’s final report was published in November 2009.
The Initiative next took steps to implement the review’s recommendations. In its September 2009 meeting, the Steering Group decided to establish a Small Group on Implementation (SGI) comprising both Steering and Advisory Group members. The SGI examined the review's report and formulated proposals for implementing the review’s recommendations. In September 2010, the SGI presented these proposals at the Steering Group's 16th meeting. After a vigorous debate, the Steering Group adopted the Strategic Principles and Operational Activities of the Initiative that will now guide the Initiative as it moves forward into its second decade.
The Initiative would like to thank the National Anti-Corruption Commission of Thailand, which Chaired the SGI, and the SGI members - Bhutan; Macao,China; Pakistan; Samoa; World Bank; Transparency International; and the UN Development Programme - for their generous time and effort in this important exercise.