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How should NGOs respond to bribery?

‘Petty’ corruption is having a devastating impact on the World’s poorest. Bribery is still a huge barrier to effectiveness and impact. How should NGOs respond?      

This morning’s BBC article revealed that we aren’t doing enough to tackle ‘petty’ corruption on the ground. The UK government is under fire from ICAI for not doing enough to address the forms of corruption that hit the poorest the hardest, with bribery still being of prime concern. 

What about NGOs and their responsibilities under the UK bribery act and beyond?  

Does your NGO have an anti-bribery policy? Our view at Mango is that NGOs should implement practical ‘zero tolerance’ strategies to avoid paying bribes, coupled with collaborative action with other NGOs. This is the best way to protect the communities we work with from the threat posed by bribery and to make more effective use of aid funding.

This Top Tips sheet outlines advice from our colleagues at Transparency International UK (TI-UK) on what you could do to fight back against corruption. Also take a look at our ‘Getting the basics right’ course handbook, which is free to download and now has a section on bribery.

We would be interested to hear your views on this. If you want to learn more about tackling bribery in NGOs, we are running our ‘Saying no to bribery in NGOs’ course in London on 5 December. Bookings close on 7 November.