Accountability / Transparency
Guide to Corruption-Free Local Government
This guide is a practical instrument to assist local governments, UNDP Country Offices (COs), international organisations and civil society organisations (CSOs) to design, implement and monitor anti-corruption at the local government level. This process includes 1) corruption risk assessments; 2) integrity plans; and 3) integrity management systems that result in more transparent, effective, efficient and accountable local governments.
How does Civil Society Use Budget Information? Mapping Fiscal Transparency Gaps and Needs in Developing Countries
de Renzio, Paolo and Massimo Mastruzzi, IBP & GIFT (2016)
Governments around the world are slowly opening up their budgets to public scrutiny by making increasing amounts of fiscal data available, often through the use of dedicated web portals. However, often there is no adequate demand and use of budget information. This paper aims at better understanding how CSOs use budget information, and the challenged that they face when accessing it.
Local Governance Integrity. Principles and Standards
Transparency International (2015)
Corruption is a prevailing challenge for accountability at all levels; however, at the local level contact between government officials and the public can be very close which could increase the opportunities for corruption. Thus, decentralised settings present particular challenges but also provide significant opportunities for the fight against corruption. In order to provide clear guidance on how to prevent and deal with corruption, Transparency International has developed Anti-Corruption Principles and Standards for Local Governance Systems. The standards aim at offering concrete measures for local governments to strengthen the three overarching principles accountability, transparency and integrity. Further, a set of practical solutions and tools to assist local governments in following up on recommendations and in initiating reforms is offered in the paper.
Democratic Accountability in Service Delivery A Synthesis of Case Studies
This document serves as an introduction to various IDEA papers that describe the projects in which the connections between Accountability and Service Delivery are analysed.
Accountability and policy dialogue
Charles Mutasa (2008)
Aid has a critical role to play in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals in many developing countries, especially when it is deployed effectively in an accountable manner as part of a wider development strategy; it makes a lasting difference in helping people to lift themselves out of poverty. Of key importance to aid delivery and management has been the issues of accountability and policy dialogue.