Sida’s efforts to reduce corruption in partner countries

Corruption is a major hindrance to sustainable development. Within Swedish development cooperation, the work against corruption relates to two main areas – corruption as an obstacle to development and corruption in development projects. The last few years have been characterized by an ambition to strengthen Sida’s work against corruption as an obstacle to development in partner countries.

This evaluation aims to analyze Sida’s work against corruption in partner countries and draw conclusions concerning the extent to which efforts are in line with current knowledge of effective approaches and is relevant, coherent and can be expected to contribute to reduced corruption in the longer term. The evaluation includes three main components:

  • A literature review summarizing current knowledge about which approaches, methods and interventions are considered effective in reducing corruption
  • An in-depth overview and analysis of Sida’s overall approaches, theories of change, and specific methods and interventions related to the work against corruption as a development obstacle in partner countries
  • Case studies mapping the overall aid portfolios and assessing the relevance, coherence, and expected impact of the direct as well as indirect work against corruption as a development obstacle in specific countries.

Authors:
Marina Nistotskaya, associate professor in political science, University of Gothenburg

Anna Persson, associate professor in political science, University of Gothenburg

Marcia Grimes, associate professor in political science, University of Gothenburg

Michelle D’Arcy, associate professor, University College Dublin

Adea Gafuri, PhD student in political science, University of Gothenburg

Bo Rothstein, professor emeritus in political science, University of Gothenburg

Reference group chair: Magnus Lindell

Project manager at EBA: Helena Hede Skagerlind

The report is expected to be launched early 2024.