What is corruption?

There is no universally accepted definition of corruption, however ForumCiv defines it as an abuse of trust, power or position for improper gain benefiting a person, organisation, company or other. Corruption can be both financial or non-financial and it can include different types of behaviours and irregularities.

The most affected from corruption are the weakest and poorest members of society. Corruption leads to increased costs of living and limited or no access to fundamental services. This reduces the opportunities to break the cycle of poverty. An efficient work against corruption is essential to improve the conditions for people living in poverty. 

Handbook for all partners

ForumCiv has produced a handbook for all our partners. In this handbook you will find:

  • Guidance and clarification on what is corruption with definition strengthen by clear example and identifies common preventive practices
  • Useful step for detecting case of corruption and how to act on suspicion

The main idea behind the handbook is to strengthen anti-corruption work through preventive tools. Therefore, the handbook is built around the question: What can we do to prevent corruption? rather than describing all the damage corruption can cause.

Download the handbook by the links below.

Handbook on anti-corruption
Handbook on anti-corruption for ForumCiv offices and its implementing partners.

Online course on U4

  • The U4 Anti-corruption Resource Centre has a good, short self-paced course on corruption and anti-corruption.
  • You will learn the definitions of corruption, the difference between a conflict of interest and corruption, measurement and assessments and basics of anti-corruption programming.
  • The course is open for everyone to take, but registration is required.
  • The course is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.