Fighting Corruption

MCC

MCC’s model of reducing poverty through economic growth is based on a set of core principles — good governance, country ownership, a focus on results, and transparency —and fighting corruption is a key part of that approach. MCC has made controlling corruption a key indicator in selecting partner countries for compact eligibility. During the development and implementation of its compacts, MCC and its country team partner organizations promote measures to prevent and detect fraud and corruption before it occurs, and to responsibly address any problems after they emerge.

Measuring Corruption

MCC uses the World Bank Institute’s Control of Corruption indicator as part of its selection criteria to determine if a country is eligible to propose a compact. Among other things, this indicator measures:

  • the frequency of additional payments to get things done 
  • the effects of corruption on the business environment 
  • grand corruption in the political arena, and 
  • the tendency of elites to engage in state capture.

MCC Policy Initiative

MCC strengthened its anti-corruption stance by adopting a comprehensive policy on the prevention, detection and remediation of fraud and corruption in the development and implementation of compacts with partner countries.

Policy on Prevention, Detection, and Remediation of Fraud and Corruption

MCC strengthened its anti-corruption stance by adopting a comprehensive policy on the prevention, detection and remediation of fraud and corruption in the development and implementation of compacts with partner countries. This policy includes:

  • principles to which MCC will adhere with respect to corruption in the threshold program, in compact development and in compact implementation;
  • definitions related to the nature of fraud and corruption in MCC operations; and,
  • actions that MCC and partner countries will undertake to enhance the capacity to prevent, detect and remediate instances of fraud and corruption.

The policy is available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Other Resources

MCC was a founding partner of the Governance Data Alliance, a community of producers, users, and funders of governance data committed to producing and using high-quality data to advance democratic reforms in partner countries.