Anti-corruption and integrity in the public sector
OECD Integrity Review of Mexico
Taking a Stronger Stance Against Corruption
The OECD's Integrity Review of Mexico is one of the first peer reviews to apply the
new 2017 Recommendation of the Council on Public Integrity. It assesses (i) the coherence
and comprehensiveness of the evolving public integrity system; (ii) the extent to
which Mexico’s new reforms cultivate a culture of integrity across the public sector;
and (iii) the effectiveness of increasingly stringent accountability mechanisms. In
addition, the Review includes a sectoral focus on public procurement, one of the largest
areas of government spending in the country and is considered a high-risk government
activity for fraud and corruption. The Review provides several proposals for strengthening
institutional arrangements and improving vertical and horizontal co-ordination, closing
remaining gaps in various existing legal/policy frameworks, instilling integrity values
and ensuring the sustainability of reforms.
Published on March 30, 2017Also available in: Spanish
Mainstreaming integrity across the public sector, and overcoming traditional policy
silos, will require that concrete anti-corruption policies be explicitly integrated
into key national strategies, as well as develop organisational anti-corruption plans
to generate entities’ buy-in.
Greater consultation with public servants in the design of codes of conduct and the
launching of more ambitious awareness-raising initiatives that target youth in schools
to entrench integrity values would ensure that integrity standards are kept relevant,
up-to-date and respected.
Recent risk management and internal control reforms should be supported by stronger
professionalisation and capacity building to foster commitment and ensure that they
are not seen as simply an administrative burden.