Policy Brief: Recommendations for donors
This short Policy Brief introduces and explains our red flags method for analysing corruption risks in aid spent through national procurement systems, and offers some recommendations to donors on how best to curb corruption. We propose three main recommendations:
(1) Invest in building better data infrastructure. Not only can this help donors control aid, but it can also empower civil society groups, provide leads for investigative journalists and better equip local law enforcement agencies.
(2) Teach people to collect and analyse data. We offer an automatically updating public database of contracts, along with a new open-source software package R-InStat developed by our partners at the African Data Initiative to ensure wide access to these kinds of methods.
(3) Oversight-enhancing interventions help control corruption. However, they may have long-term negative consequences because local institutions will not gain experience in monitoring and controlling funds.
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