The 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), held in Copenhagen, featured a series of high-level meetings among many countries and international and regional organisations. Participants made a set of statements on the steps each intend to take to make progress in anti-corruption, based on existing commitments (such as Open Government Partnership (OGP) action plans, the UK Anti-Corruption Summit, United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), OECD instruments and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)). This resulted in a set of 19 national-level statements and 10 organisational statements. Together these statements contain more than 300 individual anti-corruption commitments.

Participants at the high-level meetings agreed to set up a follow-up mechanism, IACC Monitor, coordinated by Transparency International, engaging all stakeholders (including governments, international and regional organisations, companies and civil society) in monitoring the implementation of these commitments. IACC Monitor presents a methodology for applying such a follow-up mechanism for commitments made by countries and international organisations. The aims of the follow-up mechanism are:

  • to assess the level of progress in implementation of the commitments;
  • to provide further analysis of – and complement – other reporting mechanisms;
  • to focus on the qualitative nature of commitments, rather than quantitative scoring or ranking;
  • to provide insights into what has and has not worked, and why;
  • to provide insights into the opportunities and challenges for implementation, as a basis for understanding where future technical support should be targeted.

IACC Monitor aims to capture the context and conditions in which commitments are being implemented, as well as progress in implementation of the commitments themselves. It is designed to support the development of recommendations on how commitment  implementation can be accelerated under existing conditions. It will also serve as a basis for reporting or addressing new initiatives, including new commitments made by countries and international organisations. IACC Monitor presents a step-by-step guide to applying the methodology, including guidance on both project management and research methodology.