From promise to practice

There is growing recognition that anti-corruption pledges matter. At the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit, over 40 governments committed to hundreds of pledges to foster anti-corruption reform both nationally and globally. 

Transparency International’s global movement has been advocating for these pledges to be fulfilled through Transparency International UK’s Promise to Practice Project.

Civil society’s role in picking up the baton and ensuring countries are held to account has been vital, as governments did not adopt any formal mechanism for implementation of the Summit commitments.

The Global Pledge Tracker

The Global Anti-Corruption Pledge Tracker is a civil society assessment of how over 20 governments have performed on the delivery of more than 180 commitments made at the Summit. The Tracker is led by Transparency International UK, but is a collaborative effort with other Transparency International chapters or partners in each country. 

Advocating for progress

Beyond pledge tracking, Transparency International chapters in Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Mexico, Jordan, Afghanistan, Ghana, Kenya and the UK are actively tracking progress of commitments through their own national platforms, as well as advocating for their implementation to the government. Pressure through advocacy can accelerate implementation whilst supporting governments in the enactment of complex legislation.

Our work has showed that monitoring and advocating for the implementation of these pledges can create enough pressure to catalyse change.

In the first of a series of videos produced with Transparency International chapters around the world, we display the type of transformational advocacy that is necessary to advance anti-corruption reform and make progress on international commitments.



Trade Agreements

Britain is embarking on an independent trade policy, intent on striking free trade agreements around the world. 

As long as corruption exists in these markets however, there cannot be genuinely free trade. The impunity of corrupt public officials in some places can present a fundamental barrier to law-abiding business, and an obstacle to shared prosperity through increased trade.

It is therefore important that mutual efforts are made to address corruption by parties to trade agreements, and commitments made to legal, administrative and promotional measures, to support commerce that is free of corruption. 

We are working with partners to identify the leading practices for transparency, open contracting, and anti-corruption initiatives in trade policy, and advocating for their adoption in Britain’s future free trade agreements.