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Country-owned assessments in support of national anti-corruption strategies (Oslo)

Start Date: 
Oct 27, 2009
End Date: 
Oct 29, 2009
Oslo, Norway
Representatives from the anti-corruption agencies (ACAs) of Kosovo/1244, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey gathered for this workshop organized in Oslo in collaboration with the Regional Centre in Bratislava. This workshop was held in response to a growing demand and interest on the part of ACAs in strengthening their monitoring capacities.
This workshop, held on 27-29 October in Oslo in collaboration with the Regional Centre in Bratislava, was organized in response to a growing demand and interest on the part of national anti-corruption agencies (ACAs) in strengthening their monitoring capacities. In addition to tracking progress in the implementation of national anti-corruption strategies, there is an opportunity for ACAs to play a more active role in the reporting processes related to the implementation of UNCAC and to the EU accession process (the political criteria for EU accession include anti-corruption).
More specifically, the workshop aimed to:
Increase awareness of existing corruption and integrity assessment tools, distinguishing their focus (i.e. methods for assessing the incidence of corruption, the impact of corruption, and the effectiveness of anti-corruption mechanisms), considering different data collection methods and information sources (data sources on de jure provisions vs. de facto implementation), and appreciating various modalities of engagement with other state and non-state actors in conducting such research;
Strengthen anti-corruption agencies’ capacities to manage the processes related to corruption monitoring, with emphasis on the principles of national ownership, inclusive and participative consultations, focus on pro-poor and gender sensitive dimensions of integrity, and use of assessment results by policymakers in the design and implementation of reforms;
Explore the opportunity offered by the UNCAC and its ‘self-assessment checklist’ to undertake a more comprehensive and evidence-based diagnosis in areas of particular concern to a country (presentation of relevant tools matching individual UNCAC provisions under Chapter 2 on Preventive Measures);  
Expose the delegations to corruption prevention, investigation and monitoring practices in Norway, through exposure to the work of the Office of the Auditor General of Norway and Norad

Session 1 - Corruption and governance monitoring by anti-corruption agencies in Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey: Challenges and opportunities 

The State Commission for the Prevention of Corruption (SCPC) of the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia

Kosovo Anti-Corruption Agency (KACA): Challenges of implementation of Kosovo/1244 Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan 2009-11

Session 2 - What do we mean by ‘country-owned’ assessment approaches?

Distinguishing UNDP’s approach to country-led governance assessments from other types of assessments: national ownership, harmonization with national processes, and capacity development, by Joachim Nahem, Manager, Global Programme on Democratic Governance Assessments, OGC

Session 3 - EU accession and the politics of anti-corruption

EU accession and the politics of anti-corruption, by Dan Dionisie, Policy Specialist, UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre

Session 4 - Global indicators on corruption: Uses and limitations

Uses and limitations of international ranking indices for national policy-making, by Marie Laberge.

  • Methodological limitations of composite indicators
  • The “labeling issue”: What lies behind similar-sounding labels?
  • ‘Usability’ of global datasets for national policy-making: Are global indicator sources actionable?

Session 5 - Typology of corruption assessment tools and how to use complementary corruption indicators

Distinguishing the purposes of various assessment tools & complementarity in the use of indicators, by Marie Laberge, OGC

  • Distinguishing the purposes of various assessment tools: a) Assessing the incidence of corruption; b) Assessing the impact of corruption; and c) Assessing the effectiveness of anti-corruption mechanisms
  • Complementarity in the use of indicators: a) Using both perception and fact-based data; and b) Matching input and outcome indicators to show discrepancies between changes in law and changes in practice
  • Poverty and gender sensitive indicators: Four ways to tailor indicators to the particular experiences of marginalized groups

Session 6 - Norwegian experience in preventing and monitoring corruption

Norad's anti-corruption project, by Fredrik Eriksson, Senior Advisor, Norad

Prevention and detection of irregularities - including corruption, by Dag Nenningsland, Assistant Director General, Office of the Auditor General of Norway

Session 7 - Institutional arrangements for corruption prevention

Considerations for the implementation of the UNCAC Article 6 (which requires State Parties to ensure the existence of a body or bodies to prevent corruption), by Hannes Hechler, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Norway

Session 8 - The UNCAC self-assessment requirement


Session 9 - Applying existing assessment tools to the UNCAC

Overview of a selection of tools which could be used to assess the implementation of individual UNCAC articles on preventive measures (Chapter 2 of the UNCAC), by Marie Laberge, OGC

Session 11 - Assessing corruption risks: The Macedonian experience 

The Index of responsibility, transparency and accountability (RTA) in Macedonia, by Fatmir Musa, UNDP FYR Macedonia