The European Business Council for Africa

In recent years, OECD countries have strengthened their anti-corruption and integrity frameworks. However, according to OECD criteria, in key areas countries’ monitoring and implementation of integrity measures need improvement, meaning that countries are not mitigating corruption risks as well as they could. Countries must take steps to address these data and implementation gaps. They also need to update and upgrade their integrity frameworks in the face of evolving corruption risks, related to the green transition, AI and foreign interference, to support economic growth, democratic governance and the public interest.

Corruption has an adverse impact on prosperity and democracy. It deepens inequalities and weakens economic growth, erodes the resilience and proper functioning of democracies, and impedes representation and trust in government. Countries around the globe have therefore invested, particularly in recent years, in strengthening their anti-corruption and integrity frameworks. However, this work is far from finished, and frameworks need to be improved if countries are to continue safeguarding prosperity and democracy.

The 2024 Anti-Corruption and Integrity Outlook aims to support OECD countries’ efforts to fight corruption and uphold integrity. Drawing on data in the OECD Public Integrity Indicators, the Outlook sheds new light on how key aspects of countries’ integrity frameworks are currently performing and points at opportunities for improvements. It also explores how key global challenges, namely the green transition, Artificial Intelligence, foreign interference and so-called strategic corruption, will increase pressure on countries’ anti-corruption and integrity frameworks, especially where they are weakest. The Outlook also addresses how in turn the shortcomings in anti-corruption and integrity systems can hinder or block countries’ responses to these major challenges.

You can read the executive summary here