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Evidence of the crucial role that citizens play in fighting corruption

2011 Available in English, French and Spanish

A community meeting in Mali.

A community meeting in Mali. Photo: Samuel Hauenstein Swan/Tearfund

This paper outlines some practical ways in which citizens and their elected representatives have played, and could play, a part in tackling corruption.

The United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) is the most comprehensive global agreement on corruption. If implemented, it could significantly reduce corruption and contribute to sustainable development. But for it to be effective, Tearfund argues that bottom-up approaches to anti-corruption work are needed.

This paper therefore offers recommendations to ensure that corruption is addressed at the community level.

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