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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Actions Against Corruption

UNODC through its Thematic Programme "Action against Corruption, Economic Fraud and Identity-related Crime" acts as a catalyst and a resource to help States, in particular those with vulnerable developing or transitional economies, to effectively implement the provisions of the United Nations Convention against Corruption by providing practical assistance and building the technical capacity needed to develop effective anti-corruption policies and institutions, including preventive anti-corruption frameworks in the public and private sector.

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Tools and Resources for Anti-Corruption Knowledge (TRACK)

UNODC has launched a web-based anti-corruption portal known as TRACK. The portal features the Legal Library on the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), providing a unique gateway to an electronic database of legislation and jurisprudence relevant to UNCAC from over 175 States systematized in accordance with the requirements of the Convention. The TRACK portal brings together legal and non-legal knowledge on anti-corruption and asset recovery enabling Member States, the anti-corruption community and the general public to access this information in a central location.

Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (ACAD)

ACAD is a collaborative academic project which aims to produce a comprehensive anti-corruption academic support tool containing a menu of academic modules, case studies and reference materials that can be used by universities and other academic institutions in their existing academic programmes.


    United Nations Campaign

    Zero Corruption. 

    100% Development.

    Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune.

    UNODC and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have developed a joint global campaign, focusing on how corruption hinders efforts to achieve the internationally agreed upon Millennium Development Goals and affects education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development.



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    International Anti-Corruption Norms - Cecily Rose
    Call Number: 343.352 R67 [9846]
    ISBN: 9780198737216
    Publication Date: 2015-10-09
    The creation of international anti-corruption norms through non-binding instruments and informal institutions can privilege the interests of powerful states and raise questions about the legitimacy of these institutions and the instruments they produce. At the same time, the anti-corruption instruments created under the auspices of these institutions also show that non-binding instruments and informal institutions carry significant advantages. The non-binding instruments in the anti-corruption field have a clear capacity to influence domestic legal systems that is comparable to, if not greater than, that of binding treaties. This book examines the creation of international anti-corruption norms by states and other actors through four markedly different institutions: the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and the Financial Action Task Force. Each of these institutions oversees an international instrument that requires states to combat corruption - yet only the United Nations oversees anti-corruption norms that take the sole form of a binding multilateral treaty. The OECD has, by contrast, fostered the development of the binding 1997 OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, as well as non-binding recommendations and guidance associated with treaty itself. In addition, the revenue transparency and anti-money laundering norms developed through the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Financial Action Task Force, respectively, take the form of the non-binding instruments that have no relationship with multilateral treaties.

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    Paying Bribes for Public Services - Richard Rose; Caryn Peiffer
    Call Number: 343.352 P39 [9186]
    ISBN: 9781137509666
    Publication Date: 2015-02-10
    This book documents what happens when people encounter public officials. It draws on multi-national Barometer surveys asking questions about corruption and bribery in 119 countries. Clear prose, tables and figures report the answers given by more than 250,000 people and the conclusion sets out six principles for reducing bribery.

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    Preventing Corporate Corruption - Stefano Manacorda (Editor); Francesco Centonze (Editor); Gabrio Forti (Editor)
    Call Number: 343.352 P74 [14-G024]
    ISBN: 9783319044798
    Publication Date: 2014-04-30
    This book presents the results of a two-year international research project conducted for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC) to investigate and provide solutions for reducing bribery and corruption in corporations and institutions. It starts with an empirical case study on the effectiveness of a set of self-regulation rules adopted by multinational companies in the energy sector. Second, it explores the context and factors leading to corruption internationally (and the relationships between domestic criminal law and self-regulation). Third, it examines guidelines for the adoption of compliance programs developed by international institutions, to serve as models for the future.

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    Emerging Trends in Asset Recovery - Gretta Fenner Zinkernagel; Charles Monteith; Pedro Gomes Pereira
    Call Number: 343.7 E44 [8240]
    ISBN: 9783034313087
    Publication Date: 2013-10-07
    Street protests in the 'Arab Spring' countries have illustrated that public demand for recovering stolen assets has grown exponentially, as have expectations by concerned populations and governments. From a topic discussed in expert forums, it has thus become a topic of the people. The question is: Have practitioners and policy makers delivered on these expectations? Clearly, since the ratification of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) ten years ago, much progress has been made in streamlining respective legal and institutional frameworks. On the other hand, we also find that practical successes on the ground remain few and far apart, and largely limited to a handful of countries. This book asks why and, through the voice of renowned practitioners from a broad range of affected countries, analyses challenges that remain, identifies new stumbling blocks that have cropped up, and discusses practical solutions that are being tested with a view to overcoming these. The book is published by the Basel Institute on Governance's International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR).

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    International Drivers of Corruption (PDF) - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)  Icon
    ISBN: 9789264167513(PDF)
    Publication Date: 2012-01-01
    Corruption and other governance problems result primarily from processes generated within the domestic political economy. There are major international factors, however, that interact with domestic processes: international drivers of corruption. This report introduces an analytical tool to help readers understand how these international drivers of corruption affect governance and corruption at the country level. It provides a means for identifying those drivers that matter most for domestic governance, as well as opportunities for international actors to work more effectively to improve governance in specific country contexts.

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    On the Take - Lindy Muzila; Michelle Morales; Marianne Mathias; Tammar Berger  Icon
    ISBN: 9780821394540
    Publication Date: 2012-08-08
    Developing countries lose an estimated US$20–40 billion each year through bribery, misappropriationof funds, and other corrupt practices. Often, the most visible manifestation of corruption is the enrichment of a corrupt public official. Despite such visibility, prosecuting corruption can be very problematic, particularly when it requires proving the offer or acceptance of a bribe. Even when the corruption is established in a court of law, linking the proceeds of the crime to the offense in order to recover assets is a complex endeavor. In response, some countries looking to strengthen their overall arsenal against corruption have criminalized illicit enrichment. In its Article 20, the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) recommends, but does not mandate, States Parties to adopt illicit enrichment as acriminal offense, defining the same as an intentional and significant increase in the assets of a public official that he or she cannot reasonably explain in relation to his or her lawful income.


    • Crime, Law and Social Change  Icon
      Crime, Law and Social Change is a peer reviewed journal. It publishes essays and reviews on topics such as financial crime, political corruption, and environmental crime.
    • Forum on Crime and Society  
      Forum on Crime and Society is a United Nations sales publication issued by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, based in Vienna. It is published twice yearly in the six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
    • Journal of Financial Crime  Icon
      The Journal of Financial Crime is a quarterly issued journal. It covers topics such as specialised anti-corruption investigations, identity fraud, and cyber-crime: prevention and detection.
    • Journal of Money Laundering Control  Icon
      The Journal of Money Laundering Control is a quarterly, peer reviewed journal that covers multiple topics including organised crime and terrorist organisations, laundering with virtual money, and cost benefit analysis of proceeds of crime laws.

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