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Guidances for NGOs

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The introduction of the 2010 UK Bribery Act now means that NGOs and charities must ensure that they have robust anti-bribery programmes in place in order to comply with the legal requirements of the Act.

Bribery and corruption are found in all countries. They hurt the poor disproportionately diverting resources intended for development and humanitarian assistance and increasing the costs of basic public services. They undermine economic growth and are a barrier to poverty alleviation and good governance. Often, bribery and corruption can aggravate conflict and insecurity.

Suggestions that an NGO is linked to bribery in any way can be damaging to its reputation and undermine the trust and support of beneficiaries partners, the wider public and donors. Public concern about the impact of bribery and corruption is a critical issue in building broad public support for aid and development.

NGOs need to act and be seen to act, in a way that is honest and transparent. Many NGOs are also actively working to reduce bribery, so it is important that they lead by example. NGOs must be clear that they will not tolerate bribery and corruption. The UK Bribery Act has reinforced the need for NGOs to have in place effective measures for preventing bribery. Failure to do so increases the risk of prosecution under the Act. It is important therefore, that NGOs have in place robust anti-bribery policies.


On the initiative of Transparency International UK and Mango Bond established a Working Group of UK NGOs to develop a set of principles and guidance for countering bribery. The resulting document, Anti-Bribery Principles and Guidance for NGOs provide NGOs with simple, clear and practical principles and guidance on putting effective anti-bribery measures in place.

This guidance outlines some key actions that NGOs can take in implementing anti-bribery policies and procedures. The guidance encourages NGOs to put in place policies and procedures that are robust and proportionate to their size complexity and the range of risks that they face.

The guidance will also help NGOs ensure that they are complying with legal requirements including the UK Bribery Act. Implementation of the measures contained within this guidance will help NGOs to demonstrate that they have put robust anti-bribery procedures in place, in the event of possible prosecution under the Bribery Act.

Transparency International UK runs Anti-Bribery trainings for Humanitarian and Development NGOs. For more information, please contact training@transparency.org.uk.

Download Anti-Bribery Principles and Guidance for NGOs


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