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NGOs work together on zero-tolerance to bribery
28 June 2011
Mango and Transparency International UK have led the development of new Anti-bribery Principles and Guidance for NGOs (linked doc), published this week by Bond, the UK membership body for NGOs working in international development. Bribery and corruption are some of the biggest obstacles to reducing poverty and improving good governance. UK NGOs have therefore campaigned for and welcomed the new UK Bribery Act, which comes into force on 1 July 2011.
As well as seeking to combat bribery in the countries where they work, NGOs have to prevent bribery in their own operations. The reputational impact for an NGO that is linked to a bribery prosecution, or even just an investigation, could be very damaging. It may deter potential donors and may jeopardise the NGO’s ability to influence policy makers in the UK and overseas. In addition, public concern about the impact of bribery and corruption is a critical issue inbuilding broad public support for aid and development.