Corruption is today recognised as one of the worldâ€™s greatest challenges. Corruption undermines political, social and economic stability and no country, whether rich or poor, is today immune from corruption. Corruption undermines sustainable development, impedes economic growth, threatens good governance and has a devastating effect on the democratic process. Corruption in the public sector undermines peopleâ€™s confidence in public institutions, increases the cost of public transactions and hampers the efficiency of public services. In public finances, corruption reduces tax revenues and makes public expenditure revenues ineffective for a promoting economic development and achieving social objectives. All this makes it imperative for the public sector to take appropriate measures and adopt effective strategies to prevent and combat corruption within the public administration and increase transparency. Corruption has today become a global problem affecting all countries and therefore it requires a global response. Various initiatives have therefore been taken at both international and national level to help countries effectively fight corruption.
This UNITAR e-learning course aims to provide participants information and understanding of the concept of corruption, its causes, its consequences and the various measures to combat corruption in public administration and financial management. The course will discuss the susceptibility of public finances to corruption practices and analyse the role of good integrity frameworks and sound public financial management systems in preventing and combating corruption. A successful completion of this course will enable participants to identify and analyse corruption threats, to design and apply strategies and initiatives for preventing and combating corruption, and to overcome the obstacles in effective implementation of international and regional instruments to regulate norms and principles of professional standards. The course is designed especially for government officials and public institutions, but is also open to the general public who want to understand various anti-corruption measures and strategies.