Countdown to the 2015 SID Washington Annual Dinner


On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, MSI will be sponsoring and attending the 2015 SID Washington Annual Dinner honoring Rhonda Zygocki and Amina J. Mohammed.  These two honorees will receive the Award for Leadership in Development for their achievements in international development.

The dinner is a great opportunity to catch up with global development colleagues and friends and network with organizations.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Register or learn more about the event.

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MSI Debuts Innovative Tool to Detect Corruption

MSI is a leader in implementing large and complex anti-corruption programs worldwide, including current operations in Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia, Mexico, Serbia, Sierra Leone and Ukraine. Through our Center for Government Integrity, we have developed strategies and conducted assessments and training that have promoted integrity, transparency and accountability in more than 30 countries.

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Many governments and international donors require that governmental and private institutions conduct corruption risk assessments on a regular basis. Management Systems International (MSI) designed an innovative approach—the Institutional Corruption Risk Management (ICRM) tool—that investigates risky institutional procedures and supports developing targeted corruption prevention plans. MSI based our ICRM methodology on international standards (ISO 31000:2009) and combined the business process reengineering approach with the tool. The approach was successfully tested in Ukraine with the support of a USAID-funded contract.

Enacted in April 2015 in Ukraine, the Corruption Prevention Law requires all governmental and certain private institutions to conduct corruption risk assessments on a regular basis. To comply with the law, a methodology needed to be developed. To fill this gap, MSI reviewed many existing approaches, including those developed by international organizations such as the United Nations Global Compact Office and the European Union. We developed a methodology that accounts for best practices and that aligns with the country context. The tool also helps institutions pinpoint issues and design targeted measures that address each risk.

Tested in two of Ukraine’s public institutions, the methodology began with assessing selected functions that were viewed as particularly prone to corruption. In both institutions, more than 60 risks were identified and ranked based on their likelihood of occurring and severity of impact. The assessment resulted in developing Corruption Risk Response Plans for both institutions with activities specifically tailored to the identified risks.

The institutions were involved in the entire process and they established a dedicated working group with several participating managers. In about two months, the assessment and plan were completed. During that time, the team reviewed over 200 documents, including legislation and internal regulations, conducted more than 50 individual interviews and more than 15 group discussions, and held 25 working group meetings.

ICRM is a universal tool that can be applied to any public or private institution in any country. MSI creates an ICRM manual specific to a country’s context. The manual offers step-by-step guidance on how to apply the tool and includes many templates and illustrative examples and case studies to assist with implementation.

View and download the one-pager about our application of the ICRM in Ukraine.



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Sharing Lessons Learned about Responses to Crime in Fragile and Conflict-affected Countries

MSI is helping USAID respond to high levels of organized crime in fragile and conflict-affected countries.

MSI examined 16 USAID conflict and fragility programs in three countries affected by high levels of organized crime (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala and Nigeria) to collect anecdotal evidence and identify lessons from Mission experience. The research helped generate a set of general principles and options for the role and activities of development organizations with respect to organized crime in fragile and conflict-affected states.


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Report Calls for Comprehensive Restructuring of USDA

Larry Cooley, MSI’s President Emeritus and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, recently co-authored a congressionally mandated NAPA report proposing a reorganization of the US Department of Agriculture intended to advance US interests in agricultural trade.  The report calls for the most comprehensive restructuring of USDA in more than two decades and includes creation of an Undersecretary for Trade and Market Development and reorganization on the Department’s Health and Safety functions under a single Undersecretary.

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Going Big With Youth

On October 6, 2015, MSI had the chance to take part in the Global Economics Youth Summit 2015, held at the Westin Crystal City.  The summit was organized by Making Cents International.

Attendees from around the world watched a plenary panel session on “Scale in Practice” that included MSI’s Founder and President Emeritus, Larry Cooley on the panel. Other panel members included, David Elliott, Director of The Springfield Centre for Business in Development (UK) Paul Bloom, Senior Fellow of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University, and Katie Taylor, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Global Health and Deputy Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator for USAID. The panel was moderated by Helene Gayle, CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative. — at Global Youth Economics Opportunities Summit 2015. Larry Cooley also led a lab session on “Practical Considerations For Bringing Scale Into Your Work.”

A short video about the event will be posted in the coming days. Until then, please enjoy a few photos from the event.

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