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Maximising the potential of UNCAC implementation: Making use of the self-assessment checklist

Sarah Repucci
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U4 - Chr. Michelsen Institute

The UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) offers States Parties a unique framework to strengthen their ability to prevent and combat corruption. The self‑assessment checklist, which was developed as part of the review mechanism for the Convention, is one of the few available methods for assessment for which the state provides its own information, maximising its ownership of the process.

At present, UNODC is in the process of developing an improved version of the self-assessment checklist that will expand reporting to cover all substantive articles of the Convention as well as to enable States Parties to provide more information on implementation. The new version of the checklist will be presented for approval to the CoSP at its third session (Doha, Qatar, 9-13 November 2009) and is intended to replace the existing self-assessment checklist.
While the self-assessment process has the potential to have a real impact on improving anti-corruption as well as to reform monitoring systems of the States Parties, this has not yet been fully realised in most countries. The danger is that the obligation to self-assess will, in many cases, be seen as a “necessary evil” that is not given due attention – notwithstanding its potential role in a future review mechanism. This U4 Issue explores the opportunities presented by the UNCAC self-assessment checklist and the direct positive effects that the self-assessment process can have at the country level. It also presents ways in which governments and donors can focus their resources to ensure the maximum benefit that the checklist can offer.