Center for Governmental Integrity

For more than two decades, the MSI Center for Governmental Integrity (CGI) has recognized for its innovative work in combating corruption. We combine the knowledge, experience, creativity, and track record of a cross-sectoral team of professionals with our past performance on anticorruption projects worldwide.

We have applied international best practices in this field to promote integrity, transparency and accountability in public and private sector organizations to strengthen good governance and stimulate economic development. We combine our traditionally strong repertoire of process approaches with innovative technologies – such as crowdsourcing apps, e-governance systems, and social media – that can reduce the opportunities for corruption to emerge.

Corruption is often context-driven. We have worked in both relatively stable developing country situations, as well as in more fragile post-conflict conditions. Our anticorruption projects have been conducted in all geographic regions. We conduct Political Economy Analyses to understand the special needs of each situation and design and implement approaches that are most likely to be effective, based on best practice and our detailed assessment.

Moreover, we’ve developed analytical tools to support our work. These tools help us to assess the most direct and targeted way to deal with corruption in each situation.

Process Services

CGI’s experience spans the full lifecycle of anticorruption services, from diagnostic assessments, mobilization, strategy development, implementation, and monitoring, to support for international donor coordination.

1. Diagnostic Assessments: We developed USAID’s corruption assessment methodology, now applied worldwide.

2. Mobilization: We have designed surveys, special workshops, seminars, and focus group sessions to mobilize political will among country stakeholders.3. Strategy Development – We have helped to develop long-term anticorruption strategies, but are sensitive to building local ownership and finding ways to achieve short-term successes that boost morale and forward-looking activity.

3. Implementation: We have extensive experience implementing field projects with governments’ accountability institutions, civil society, and the private sector and media groups.

4. Monitoring: We pioneered the development of anticorruption readiness indicators and support host governments and NGOs to develop effective monitoring capabilities.

5. International Donor Coordination: We have been at the forefront in supporting the coordination of international donors, including with the OECD, the World Bank, ADB, OSCE, and Transparency International.

Programming, Policy and Assessment Tools

• Diagnostic Assessments: These provide host countries and donors with clear direction in developing practical programs that target the most vulnerable and harmful impacts of corruption. We practice a multidisciplinary approach to assessment, involving PEAs, public opinion surveys, and detailed analyses of legal frameworks, institutions and programs – how they have been formulated and how they have been implemented in practice. We have conducted detailed anticorruption assessments and developed USAID’s Corruption Assessment Handbook.

• Programming Guidance: We researched and authored USAID’s “Programming Guide for Anticorruption Programming” in 2015 – after analyzing the results of hundreds of past USAID projects that included anticorruption initiatives. This guide serves as a singular source of evidence-based support for USAID Missions on how best to deploy anticorruption programs in different circumstances.

• Local Government Anti-Corruption Training Package: Some of the most effective anticorruption initiatives have been implemented at local and regional levels. Our training package has been used in several countries to mobilize the interest, political will and commitment among local government officials and NGOs. It also is helpful in strengthening practical “how to” skills to design and implement effective anticorruption programs.

• Public-Private Partnerships: The success and sustainability of anticorruption programs depends on sincere government commitment and continuous citizen pressure. We have developed and tested a successful approach that balances the interests of both government and civil society in fighting corruption, resulting in PublicPrivate Partnerships Against Corruption. This serves an important role in steering programs toward effective results.

• Sector-by-Sector Strategies: Corruption occurs in all developmental sectors, so it makes sense to develop tailored anticorruption strategies and programs within each sector. We have developed a groundbreaking cross-sectoral framework that helps USAID Missions set priorities and design effective programs that are sensitive to sectoral differences.

• Anticorruption Indicators: Reliable measurement of corruption levels and assessments of anticorruption program effectiveness are very difficult. We have developed an inventory of corruption-related indicators and an indicator methodology to assist in implementation.

• Citizen Advocate Offices (CAO): We developed this office to provide legal support to victims of corruption. Acting as an independent body, the CAO group of lawyers provides a trusted channel for citizen complaints and quicker resolution through administrative rather than judicial means. We have successfully established these offices in Ukraine, Russia, Albania, Indonesia, Mali and Afghanistan. The CAO model has been adopted and disseminated worldwide by Transparency International.