Corruption, Anti-corruption Efforts and Aid: Do Donors Have the Right Approach?

Working and discussion papers
January 2008
Ivar Kolstad, Verena Fritz and Tam O’Neil

This paper reviews the literature on corruption, anti-corruption efforts and aid, with a focus on: (i) tools for measuring corruption; (ii) the social science literature on the country-level causes of corruption and its relationship to poor governance; (iii) donor approaches to reducing corruption – both specific anti-corruption interventions and broader governance measures; and (iv) the debates and evidence on aid modalities and corruption.

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