In this report, based on her extensive research on anti-corruption, Professor Alina Mungiu-Pippidi discusses the possibility for donors as outsiders to support domestic strategies aimed at building public integrity and ethical universalism. She argues that, since many of the most frequently applied tools in aid-funded anti-corruption work probably don’t have intended effects, time is ripe to do some rethinking.
The resulting proposal departs from the understanding that control of corruption has to be built and not restored. Steps include the diagnosis of dominant norms and identification of agency, the use of appropriate indicators, and to figure out whom, when and how donors can assist. Donors need to increase coordination and may set the example through well-governed donorship. And why not make full transparency of recipients a main selection criterion?