May 8, 2017
At the Anti-Corruption Summit the UK promised to “launch practitioner partnerships on institutional integrity with Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Afghanistan and Georgia to share expertise in the areas of audit, financial regulation, anti-corruption, and parliamentary budget oversight.”
At least 18 countries committed to support these international practitioner partnerships. The UK’s partnerships include:
International partnerships announced at the Summit include:
According to the UK Government website:
“Drawing on expert development economist Professor Sir Paul Collier’s “twinning” approach, the new ‘Institutional Integrity Network’ will see countries partnering up to share high professional standards and best practice in vital areas of government and in professional associations; including tax, budgets, natural resource management and accountancy.”
Partnerships for Development (formerly known as GREAT for Partnership) “will leverage the skills and expertise from a range of UK institutions and supply them initially to DFID partner countries, based on tailored demand. It will initially prioritise the Extractives, Financial Accountability and Anti-Corruption sectors.” The DfID website lists Kenya and Sierra Leone as the current beneficiary countries of this project, and claims that the project is nearly 60% complete.
According to the Partnerships for Development Annual Report published in March 2019, this project was slow to start due to delays in establishing a partnership platform. However, the Annual Review also states that there has been progress made in establishing up to 15 early partnerships between The British Geological Survey, The National Crime Agency, the Oxford Policy Fellowship and their developing country counterparts. The annual report and other status updates can be found on the Development Tracker website.
In June 2020 the Prime Minister announced that there would be a merger of the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. TI-UK encourages HM Government to continue to prioritise anti-corruption projects in the new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.