Department of Governance and Macro-economics in Norad provides advice on ant-corruption activities!
Posted by African Press International on January 24, 2007
“Norad provides technical advice on effective follow-up of the Plan of Action and other guidelines for anti-corruption activities in Norwegian development cooperation. Norad also makes an active contribution to technical discussions, nationally and internationally.
Norad’s Department of Governance and Macro-economics is responsible for providing advice on anti-corruption activities.
How does Norad work?
Some reforms and individual projects supported by Norad are explicitly aimed at combating corruption. However, in the case of most projects and programmes, combating corruption is one of several goals, and these programmes contribute indirectly to reducing the possibilities for corrupt behaviour. For instance, anti-corruption elements are incorporated into programmes with other aims, such as assistance for development of the health and education sectors (“mainstreaming”).
Bureaucratic or small-scale corruption can mainly be dealt with through:
Decentralisation of the public administration Strengthening control institutions, such as courts of law, anti-corruption institutions, supreme audit offices, public procurement procedures, etc. Support for civil society, e.g. for non-governmental organisations that are specially established to combat corruption, non-governmental organisations that promote civil rights, the media, trade unions and employers’ organisations – sometimes in partnership or agreement with public authorities.
Political corruption is a challenge for the international donor community because it concerns relations between sovereign states. If international donors are to be able to play a constructive role in relation to political corruption, a political willingness to change must exist in the partner country. For example, dialogue can be established in connection with international conventions and their implementation. Assistance for the implementation of international conventions may be appropriate.
Norad cooperates on anti-corruption efforts with Norwegian research institutions, Norwegian non-governmental organisations and Norwegian trade unions and employers’ organisations, often as part of other cooperation on governance, human rights, etc.”
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