Corruption is a serious hindrance to development, siphoning off resources meant for public services. In the Middle East and North Africa region, the majority of countries are ranked between the 25th and 50th percentile for World Bank’s five dimensions of governance. In collaboration with Transparency International, USAID launched a three-year regional anti-corruption program in 2007 that focuses on civil society networks and analysis to advocate for more transparent policies and systems.
The program includes the development of a National Integrity Study, which uses in-depth research and stakeholder interviews, among other tools, to understand a nation’s integrity and control system. In addition, participants will conduct gap analysis to identify necessary legal reforms to counter corruption. These tools and the training to use them will help empower civil society in advocating for needed reforms.
This program forms a regional effort between Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and the West Bank and Gaza to build an advocacy campaign to use the research for policy change on this governance issue.
This program has four main objectives:
Conduct a National Integrity Study within the four participating countries and provide training in the study methodology;
Establish civil society networks to combat corruption on a regional level;
Use a gap analysis to identify the necessary legal reforms for the proper implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption; and
Empower regional civil societies to promote legal frameworks for effective anti-corruption policy change.