Anti-corruption and integrity in the public sector

OECD Joint Learning Studies



What is a Joint Learning Study? | What are the objectives? | Who can participate?

How are topics selected? | Related conferences and events | Country studies


 What is a Joint Learning Study?



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A Joint Learning Study (JLS) is an innovative method for sharing knowledge on key policy issues between OECD and non-member countries.

This methodology supports integrity and corruption prevention mechanisms defined in the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

The JLS methodology is especially suitable for testing progress and supporting reforms in developing countries.

The JLS is a 'joint' activity which requires close co-operation between OECD and non-member countries. In order to ensure an in-depth policy discussion among peers and to foster dialogue among countries, experts from both OECD and participating countries are involved in the assessment process.

The outcome of this collaboration is a JLS report, which covers specific areas of interest for participating countries, adapting the OECD peer review methodology to a country context.

A series of JLS projects for Arab countries, financed by the UK Department for International Development, took place from 2009-10.

 What are the objectives?

  • To assess the progress made by a given country in integrity and corruption prevention policies and practices;
  • To provide policy recommendations, in line with international good practices, to support the successful implementation of reforms in non-member countries;
  • To foster policy dialogue and mutual learning across OECD and non-member countries.

 Who can participate?

This initiative brings together experts from OECD and non-member countries as well as a wide range of national and international stakeholders interested in exchanging  experiences and mutual learning to promote capacity building in countries around the world.

The JLS is open to all interested countries. The JLS methodology was successfully tested in a pilot project on public procurement in Morocco. Ongoing Joint Learning Studies are focusing on three main integrity areas, identified by MENA (Middle East North African) countries, namely integrity in public procurement (Yemen), preventive anti-corruption bodies (Morocco) and implementation of codes of conduct in the civil service (Jordan).

Other countries in the region have expressed their interest in applying the JLS methodology to the field of integrity and corruption prevention. The JLS methodology was also applied in Iraq.


 How are the topics selected?

The main focus area of a JLS is determined by the priority risk areas in the participating country and related to the elements of Chapter II of the UNCAC on Preventive Measures. Integrity in public procurement, implementation of codes of conduct and preventive anti-corruption bodies are among the main areas chosen by the participating countries.

Other topics relating to corruption prevention measures, such as conflict of interest, financial disclosure, participation of civil society, public reporting, preventive anti-corruption policies and practices could be covered in future JLS projects.


 Related conferences and events


 Country studies



  Revues de Gouvernance Publique : Les mécanismes de collecte de l’information sur la corruption (2010)
  Improving Transparency within Government Procurement Procedures in Iraq: OECD Benchmark Report
  OECD Joint Learning Study: Implementing a Code of Conduct for the Public Sector in Jordan
  OECD Joint Learning Study: Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement in Yemen
  OECD Joint Learning Study on Morocco: Enhancing Integrity in Public Procurement



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