The concept of serving the public interest, rather than narrow personal or political interests, is at the heart of good governance.
High income countries rank highly on control of corruption, which is toxic for long-term prosperity, but a complex phenomenon.
Ethical values must be interpreted in often complicated real-time situations; faced with conflicts of interest, ‘doing the right thing’ is not always instantly obvious.
This theme looks at how public administrations can put in place a comprehensive, balanced and tailored package of measures.
It explores the range of instruments available to instil a culture of integrity, deter and detect unethical behaviour, take corrective action and build public trust: ethical codes, risk assessments and risk-based strategies, laws and regulations, integrity coordinators, anti-corruption agencies, open government, external scrutiny, HRM techniques, ethics and dilemma training, disclosure of income, assets and interests, administrative simplification, e-Government, control and audit, whistle-blowing, investigation, prosecution and sanctions.