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UNCAC in a nutshell 2019

A quick guide to the United Nations Convention against Corruption for donor agency and embassy staff

This guide provides an overview of the anti-corruption provisions of the UNCAC, covering criminalisation and preventive measures, international cooperation and asset recovery, as well as the Convention's implementation review mechanism. Furthermore, it provides suggestions how embassies and donor staff can use the Convention to engage partner governments on the provision of technical support and help facilitate a transparent and inclusive review process that can create momentum for reform. The guide also stresses some of the weaknesses of the Convention, including the inadequate space it provides for civil society participation and contribution.

14 May 2019Updated 6 December 2021
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Hechler, H.; Huter, M.; Scaturro, R.; (2019) UNCAC in a nutshell 2019. Bergen: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Guide 2019:2)

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Hannes Hechler
Mathias Huter
Ruggero Scaturro


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