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November 15, 2022

CIPFA publishes anti-corruption guide

By Santiago Bedoya Pardo

The CIPFA has published ‘Preventing corruption: A compendium of global case studies’, a guide bringing together a wide array of real-life case studies and strategies to tackle corruption

The free to access guide focuses on nine areas which can be effective in preventing corruption. These are civil society and social media, conflicts of interest, corruption risk assessment, culture change, training and mentoring, investigation, prevention strategies, technology, and whistleblowing. 

The issue of corruption may be found in most local, national, and global economies. No country may claim to be fully immune to its pernicious effects. According to the CIPFA. Acknowledging this “difficult reality” is key to “turning the vicious circle of corruption into a virtuous circle of integrity”. The guide seeks to compile both positive and effective examples of the work being done globally to tackle corrupt behavior.

The compendium also highlights the important role of the public finance professional and good financial management in preventing corruption

CIPFA CEO, Rob Whiteman, said: “For the public sector, the risks of fraud and corruption are ever more serious. Investigating illegal behavior after it’s happened takes vital resources, time and taxpayer money away from other areas. By far the most cost-effective way to tackle corruption is prevention. This compendium explores nine effective approaches that public sector professionals can use to reduce corruption’s chances. With strong leadership, collaboration and good financial management, the public sector can fight back against corruption.” 

In addition to this, CIPFA international director, Khalid Hamid, said: “Too often the conversation around anti-corruption focuses on the negative – the complex, uncertain and often immense challenge of dealing with corrupt activity. Knowing where to start can be overwhelming and disheartening. This compendium is intended to highlight real-world examples that are first and foremost positive. CIPFA’s belief is that every single public sector professional has a role to play in making our societies less corrupt, and we hope these case studies demonstrate that all it takes is some proactive focus, a bit of creativity and reflection about the dynamics of your specific environment to make a positive impact.” 

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