UNODC: State of Integrity, a Guide to Conducting Corruption Risk Assessments in Public Organizations

For two decades, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has helped make the world a safer place from drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism.

UNODC is committed to achieving health, security and justice for all by addressing these threats and promoting sustainable peace and well-being as a deterrent.

Since the magnitude of these problems is often too large for States to address them alone, UNODC offers practical assistance and encourages transnational approaches to action. These actions are carried out in all regions of the world thanks to global programs and the network of field offices.


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched a practical guide for public organizations on how to conduct corruption risk assessments to identify, mitigate and prevent corruption-related vulnerabilities in their operations.

“State of Integrity: A Guide to Conducting Corruption Risk Assessments in Public Organizations” presents a simple approach to mitigating corruption risks for public institutions, bodies, and authorities, using seven effective steps in terms of of resources.

The aim of a corruption risk assessment is to identify a realistic set of potential risks, determine which ones should be prioritized, and develop and implement effective and cost-effective mitigation strategies.

Organizations are encouraged to use the methodology on an ongoing basis to determine any new or pending risks, assess whether the measures introduced are effective, and decide whether new measures should be introduced. This process will strengthen an organization's ability to minimize corruption risks and prevent corruption schemes from occurring.

The guide reaffirms the importance of prioritizing measures to prevent corruption and intends to inform strategic interventions in public organizations in a multitude of sectors.

UNODC has already worked successfully with a number of Member States using the methodology described in the guide and stands ready to continue providing expert assistance to support efforts to prevent and combat corruption.

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Virginie Gastine Menou

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