This section presents links to useful anti-corruption resources such as regional initiatives and networks, think-tanks, policy institutes, research centers, SEE portal sites, country resources, etc.
CORRUPTION-RELATED MONITORING REPORTS, METHODOLOGIES AND INDICES
Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI)
Brookings Institute’s Development, Aid and Governance Indicators
Centre for Law and Democracy, Access Info Europe: Global Right to Information Rating
City University London and consortium: THE EUROPEAN SOCIAL SURVEY, ESS ROUND 5 – 2010
EURO-JUSTIS (Justice Indicators) consortium: EURO-JUSTIS (Justice Indicators)
CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation: CIVICUS Enabling Environment Index 2013
Control Risks and The Economist Intelligence Unit: International Business Attitudes to Corruption – Survey 2013
DARA’s Humanitarian Response Index and Risk Reduction Index
European Commission: Eurobarometer
Freedom House: Freedom in the World
Global Integrity: Global Integrity Report
Publish What You Fund: Aid Transparency Index
Tax Justice Network: Financial Secrecy Index (2011)
The James Mintz Group: Where the Bribes Are Paid – Interactive Database
The World Justice Project (presidential initiative of the American Bar Association (ABA)): Rule of Law Index
Transparency International: Bribe Payers Index (2011)
Transparency International: Corruption Perceptions Index
Transparency International: Global Corruption Barometer
Transparency International: PUTTING CORRUPTION OUT OF BUSINESS
Transparency International UK (TI-UK): GOVERNMENT DEFENCE ANTI-CORRUPTION INDEX (GI) and DEFENCE COMPANIES ANTI-CORRUPTION INDEX
World Bank: Doing Business 2012: Doing Business in a More Transparent World
World Bank: World Development Indicators
World Bank: Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI): 1996–2012
World Bank: Actionable Governance Indicators (AGI) data portal
World Bank: Doing Business
World Bank: Freedom of Information Laws database
World Bank: Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey
Fraser Institute: Economic Freedom of the World
Heritage Foundation: Index of Economic Freedom
REGIONAL INITIATIVES and NETWORKS
Anti-Corruption Research Network
The Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN) is an online platform and the global meeting point for a research community that spans a wide range of disciplines and institutions. ACRN is a podium to present innovative findings and approaches in corruption / anti-corruption research, a sounding board to bounce off ideas and questions, a marketplace to announce jobs, events, courses and funding.
Anti-Corruption Network (ACN)
The Anti-Corruption Network (ACN) supports the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia in their efforts to prevent and fight corruption. The Network is a regional outreach programme of the OECD Working Group on Bribery.
Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA)
The Association of Local Democracy Agencies is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the promotion of good governance and citizen participation at the local level. ALDA in particular focuses on activities that facilitate cooperation between local authorities and civil society.
Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN)
Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN) is a network of 15 civil society organizations from 10 countries and territories in South East Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia and Turkey). The network aims to empower the civil society and influence European and national policies towards more enabling environment for civil society development in order to ensure sustainable and functioning democracies in the Balkans.
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
The fundamental building block for CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation was the 1991 decision of a group of civil society leaders from across the world to reinforce and support the virtual expansion of citizen participation in every region of the globe. CIVICUS has worked ever since to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world, especially in areas where participatory democracy and citizens’ freedom of association are threatened. CIVICUS has a vision of a global community of active, engaged citizens committed to the creation of a more just and equitable world.
Central Eastern Europe Citizen’s Network (CEECN)
The mission of the Network is to promote citizens participation in Central and Eastern Europe and provide opportunities for grassroots initiatives to learn and exchange experiences and ideas. The Network exists to both improve each member organization’s efforts and also result in some external impact in the CEE region.
European Network of National Associations (ENNA)
The European Network of National Civil Society Associations (ENNA) was incorporated by royal decree on March 2011 as an international not-for-profit association. ENNA receives structural support from the European Commission’s Europe for Citizens Programme, and a general purpose grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
European Partners against Corruption (EPAC) and European contact-point network against corruption (EACN)
The European Partners against Corruption (EPAC) and European contact-point network against corruption (EACN) are independent forums, united in the common goal of preventing and combatting corruption. They offer a platform for anti-corruption and police oversight practitioners to share experiences and cooperate across national borders in developing common strategies and high professional standards.
Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)
The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) was established in 1999 by the Council of Europe to monitor States’ compliance with the organisation’s anti-corruption standards. GRECO’s objective is to improve the capacity of its members to fight corruption by monitoring their compliance with Council of Europe anti-corruption standards through a dynamic process of mutual evaluation and peer pressure.
International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA)
The establishment of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) was initiated at the High-Level Political Conference for the Purpose of Signing the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in Merida, Mexico in December 2003. Currently the IAACA has more than 300 organizational members which cover nearly all law enforcement for national institutions and bodies entrusted with the task of fighting against corruption and more than 2000 individual members, including prosecutors, investigators and experts with experience in anti-corruption research or practice.
Open Forum for CSOs Development Effectiveness
In formal existence from 2009 to 2012, Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness is a global fully participatory space run by and for civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide to improve the impact of their development work and advocate for more favorable government policies and practices for CSOs.
Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is a not-for-profit, joint program of a number of regional non-profit investigative centers and for profit independent media stretching from Eastern Europe to Central Asia.
Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI)
Since its establishment in 2000, the Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) acts as a regional process through which governments of the region, local and international civil society organisations, bilateral aid agencies, and international organisations combine their efforts to help curb corruption in South Eastern Europe (SEE).
South Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNDP)
SEESAC is a component of the Regional Implementation Plan on Combating the Proliferations of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) formulated and adopted by the Stability Pact in November 2001, with the aims of stopping the flow and availability of SALW in the region, consolidating achievements so far and supporting the socio-economic conditions for peace and development in South East Europe.
Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC)
The objective of SELEC, within the framework of cooperation among Competent Authorities, is to provide support for Member States and enhance coordination in preventing and combating crime, including serious and organized crime, where such crime involves or appears to involve an element of trans-border activity.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (incl. United Nations Convention against Corruption)
UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices.
UNODC has launched a web-based anti-corruption portal known as TRACK (Tools and Resources for Anti-Corruption Knowledge). The portal features the Legal Library on the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), providing a unique gateway to an electronic database of legislation and jurisprudence relevant to UNCAC from over 175 States systematized in accordance with the requirements of the Convention.
United Nation Campaign against corruption
Governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, the media and citizens around the world are joining forces to fight this crime. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are at the forefront of these efforts. The 2013 joint international campaign focuses on how corruption hinders efforts to achieve the internationally agreed upon MDGs, undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to human rights violations, distorts markets, erodes quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish.
THINK-TANKS, POLICY INSTITUTES, RESEARCH CENTERS
Anti-corruption Agency, Kosovo
Anti-Corruption Agency is an independent institution specializing in the implementation of state policies for combating and preventing corruption.
Basel Institute on Governance in Switzerland
The Basel Institute on Governance is an independent not-for-profit competence centre specialised in corruption prevention and public governance, corporate governance and compliance, anti-money laundering, criminal law enforcement and the recovery of stolen assets.
Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)
The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, works to build democracy and market economies throughout the world. CIPE works in four principal areas: a grants program currently supporting over 90 indigenous organizations in developing countries, an award winning communications strategy, training programs, and technical assistance through field offices.
Directorate for Anti-Corruption Initiative, Montenegro
The Agency was the first anti-corruption state body in Montenegro, and was responsible for prevention and raising public awareness, as well as proposing the ratification and implementation of international standards, while having had a significant role in drafting anti-corruption laws and the establishment of other anti-corruption bodies. Within the reform of state administration, the Agency in 2004 became the Directorate for Anti-Corruption Initiative and its competences were significantly expanded at the end of 2007.
Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
DCAF is an international foundation established in 2000 on the initiative of the Swiss Confederation, as the ‘Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces’. DCAF contributes to enhancing security sector governance (SSG) through security sector reform (SSR). The Centre’s work to support effective, efficient security sectors which are accountable to the state and its citizens is underpinned by the acknowledgement that security, development and the rule of law are essential preconditions for sustainable peace.
Global Financial Integrity (GFI)
Global Financial Integrity (GFI) promotes national and multilateral policies, safeguards, and agreements aimed at curtailing the cross-border flow of illegal money. In putting forward solutions, facilitating strategic partnerships, and conducting groundbreaking research, GFI is leading the way in efforts to curtail illicit financial flows and enhance global development and security.
The EastWest Institute is a global think-and-do tank that devises innovative solutions to pressing security concerns and mobilizes networks of individuals, institutions and nations to implement these solutions.
Euroregional Center for Democracy (CED)
The Euroregional Center for Democracy (CED) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization, that promotes democracy and stability in Central and South – Eastern Europe. CED is located in Timisoara, a city in the Western part of Romania.
European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State-Building (ERCAS)
ERCAS aims to offer a clear, theory-grounded and policy-sensitive diagnosis tool to identify the potential for governance change and the policy options analysis on a case by case basis.
European Stability Initiative (ESI)
ESI is a non-profit research and policy institute based in Berlin which aims to produce practical, independent and timely analysis of developments in South Eastern Europe and of the impact of international interventions. ESI’s multi-national team includes practitioners and analysts with extensive experience in South Eastern Europe.
Euroregional Center for Democracy (CED)
CED is a non-governmental and non-profit organization that promotes democracy and stability in Central and South – Eastern Europe. Based in Timisoara, Romania.
The Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe
The Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that seeks to foster democratic and pluralistic values, to support free-market economies that are guided by the rule of law and by social responsibility, and to encourage reconciliation among the peoples of the Balkan region.
The Center for the Study of Democracy
Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) is an interdisciplinary public policy institute dedicated to the values of democracy and market economy. CSD is a non-partisan, independent organization fostering the reform process in Bulgaria through impact on policy and civil society.
International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA), Laxenburg, Austria
The International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) is a young international organization based in Laxenburg, Austria. It is the first global institution of its kind, dedicated to overcoming current shortcomings in knowledge and practice in the field of anti-corruption and seeking to empower professionals for the challenges for tomorrow.
US Institute of Peace
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress to increase the nation’s capacity to manage international conflict without violence.
Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC)
The Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) is the first center in the United States devoted to understanding the links among terrorism, transnational crime and corruption, and to teach, research, train and help formulate policy on these critical issues. TraCCC is a research center within the School of Public Policy at George Mason University.
Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe (CEETrust)
The mission of the Trust for Civil Society in Central & Eastern Europe is to support the development and long-term stabilization of civil society in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies’ Balkan Observatory
The WIIW Balkan Observatory is a portal to statistics, research and communication in relation to economic developments in South-Eastern Europe.
Anticorruption.bg is the first Bulgarian portal site dedicated to corruption and anti-corruption measures and policies in the country.
Business Anti-Corruption Portal
The purpose of the Business Anti-Corruption Portal is to provide a comprehensive and practical business tool, and to offer targeted support to SMEs in order to help them avoid and fight corruption, thereby creating a better business environment. Working actively against corruption will furthermore enable companies to adhere to the UN Global Compact Principle 10 on corruption.
The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 189 economies and selected cities at the subnational level.
OECD: Bribery and Corruption
The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
OECD: Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
The database provides a comparative overview of common standards and key features of specialised anti-corruption institutions and comprehensive descriptions of anti-corruption institutions in 19 countries and reports on the Anti-corruption Reforms in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
SIGMA’s annual Assessments review (EC, OECD)
SIGMA (Support for Improvement in Governance and Management) is a joint initiative of the European Union and the OECD. They have been working with countries on strengthening public governance systems and public administration capacities for over 20 years.
Transparency International (TI)
TI is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing both international and national corruption. It has National Chapters in more than 77 countries and publishes an annual Corruption Perception Index.
The rapid ratification of the UN Convention against Corruption by state parties has led to a high demand for technical support in UNCAC Implementation. UNDP and UNODC support countries to conduct UNCAC gap analysis to identify gaps between the UNCAC provisions and existing anti-corruption legislative frameworks at the country level.
USAID: Promoting Accountability & Transparency
A subpage of the United States Agency for International Development, dedicated to anti-corruption and transparency.
U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre
The U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre assists donor practitioners in more effectively addressing corruption challenges through their development support.
The World Bank Anti-Corruption Knowledge Center
This website aims to disseminate knowledge about the latest anti-corruption tools, techniques and resources, and to provide updates on the most recent developments in the World Bank’s anticorruption efforts.
SEE PORTAL SITES
The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, is a close-knit group of editors and trainers that enables journalists in the region to produce in-depth analytical and investigative journalism on complex political, economic and social themes.
Independent Balkan news Agency
The main objective of the agency is to develop a continuous exchange of news between Balkan states as well as to create conditions for better understanding, friendship and cooperation between the peoples of the Balkans.
Radio Free Europe Newsline about SEE