Government Accountability

Globally, corruption poses a threat to development and democracy. We support governments, civil society, media, and the private sector to combat corruption across a range of sectors. We reduce opportunities for government officials to act with impunity, increase transparency, strengthen accountability, and seek to align societal and individual norms and behaviors towards greater integrity.

We have a long-standing track record of implementing large and complex anti-corruption programs in coordination with local partners to bolster integrity, transparency, and accountability.

Since 1996, we have implemented anti-corruption projects in over 40 countries. Our work results in more efficient, accountable, and responsive state institutions at the central and local level; improved and socially inclusive delivery of public services; an engaged citizenry participating actively in government decision making; and empowered civil society, media and private sector playing an active role in holding public officials to account.

Our experienced team of technical experts bring years of experience in the research, development, and implementation of anti-corruption interventions, with the understanding that every context is unique and requires its own politically savvy and adaptive approach. Our expertise includes strengthening the full range of accountability, transparency and integrity mechanisms and institutions, including detection, prevention, and enforcement functions.

Strengthening Accountability and Oversight Mechanisms. We strengthen legal and institutional frameworks to establish credible, effective, and efficient mechanisms that hold public officials to account, deter individuals from engaging in corruption, and minimize opportunities for corruption. We also support our counterparts to make more effective use of scarce resources in often resource-scarce contexts through strategic leadership, management, and planning.

Public Financial Management and Meritocratic Public Service. We support the full range of PFM functions to ensure greater transparency and accountability, including through strengthened external and internal audits, putting in place accountable budgeting procedures, and transparent procurement. We also support governments in developing mechanisms for transparent and accountable mechanisms for hiring, promoting, disciplining, and sanctioning public servants.

Business Process Reengineering and Digital Transformation. We use digital solutions and digital transformation to promote transparency and reduce opportunities for corruption as well as increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the underlying process and methods of service delivery. We recognize the need not only to apply digital solutions but to first also fully understand and, when necessary, reengineer, the underlying processes, as well as build support and ownership for reforms across targeted institutions.

Active and Engaged Public and Non-State Actors. We build the capacity of civil society organizations to improve advocacy and monitoring skills, implement public awareness campaigns, and employ communications strategies that promote changes in attitudes and behaviors vis-à-vis corruption. This also includes training journalists in investigative reporting, strengthening complaint mechanisms and channels for citizen feedback, as well as whistle-blower protections, and mobilizing private sector actors in support of anti-corruption reforms.

In supporting demand-side accountability we also recognize the importance of also engaging with the supply-side. To that end, we support open government including access to information, consultative processes and transparent decision making.

Tools and Knowledge for Effective Anti-Corruption Interventions. We also provide bespoke services to our clients and counterparts in developing innovative and evidence-base approaches to anti-corruption programming, including through our expertise in adaptive and politically savvy implementation approaches, conduct corruption risk assessments and surveys, dissemination of lessons learned, and carrying out targeted research.

MSI’s research and publications offer practical guidance to donors and policymakers, including USAID’s Anti-Corruption Assessment Handbook, the Practitioner’s Guide for Anti-Corruption Programming, Fighting Corruption in Developing Countries, Detecting Corruption in Developing Countries, Analysis of USAID Anti-Corruption Programming Worldwide, and USAID Technical Guidance on the Development Response to Organized Crime.


Phyllis Dininio

Eka Tkeshelashvili



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