Strengthening Parliamentary Capacities and Key Institutions Mandated with Fighting Corruption in BiH

Function of the Project

According to Human development reports, there is increasing evidence that anti-corruption efforts are contributing to the promotion of transparency and accountability in the decision-making process. While corruption is a difficult phenomenon to measure, due to its complexity, more evidence is emerging on the correlation between corruption indicators and economic and human development indicators. Countries that score low on the prevalence of corruption and/or the perception of corruption tend to be those countries that enjoy greater prosperity, opportunity and individual liberty.

The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, our plan to end poverty and ensure lives with dignity for all, recognises the need to fight all aspects of corruption and calls for a significant reduction in illicit financial flows.


What we do

The UNDP promotes the principles of good governance in implementation of anticorruption interventions and implements activities in a systematic manner, stemming from the Anticorruption Strategy in BiH and in line with the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The project focuses on the institutionalisation of practical and pragmatic measures for anti-corruption in targeted institutions, while partner institutions receive capacity development training.  

The project covers the law enforcement and public procurement sector. At this stage, it will strengthen their ability to combat and prevent corruption within the respective institutions. The project also extends its support to the Parliament of BiH, institutions for auditing and public prosecutors. Law enforcement and public procurement agencies will participate in an extensive training programme that targets corruption weak spots in each institution. The aim is to create a platform that will allow for the exchange of experiences between auditors and prosecutors and thus enhance the use of audit reports in prosecutorial practices. Work with the Parliament of BiH is centred on the establishment of The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) mechanism. It will enhance parliamentary capacities to oversee the use of certain sources of government revenue and will improve the overall capacity to tackle corruption.

The assistance provided to project partners will utilise scientific and advanced statistical methods for capacity assessment and enable the UNDP to provide evidence-based support tailored to each institution.

In summary, the UNDP will provide support in four generic areas:

  • implementation of a training programme and the creation of institutional mechanisms to combat corruption;
  • provision of technical assistance and advisory support;
  • creation of a platform for dialogue, cooperation and coordination; and
  • exchange of international and regional experiences and practice.

Project Successes achieved thus far

  • An Anti-corruption Strategy for BiH has been developed and adopted.
  • An assessment of the capacities of the Anti-corruption Agency of BiH has been conducted and implementation of the corresponding recommendations for its improvement is ongoing.
  • Oversight capacities of the Parliament of BiH are enhanced.
  • A platform for dialogue between auditors and prosecutors has been piloted.
  • Corruption reporting software and hardware has been commissioned.
  • The capacities of selected institutions to combat corruption have been improved.

The Goals moving Forward

  1. strengthen the capacity of the Agency for the Prevention and Coordination of Anti-corruption in BiH (APIK) to coordinate implementation of the anti-corruption strategy;
  2. enhance oversight capabilities of the Parliament of BiH in the area of anti-corruption;
  3. improve collaboration, coordination and dialogue on combating corruption between key actors in BiH;
  4. strengthen anti-corruption mechanisms in selected institutions and train civil servants on how to eradicate corruption within public institutions; and
  5. promote civic engagement and social accountability (the demand side of anti-corruption) through the empowerment of youth and women, and the participation of civil society and the media.

Financial Contributors

Donor name                                  Amount contributed per year (expressed in dollars)
Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affars
2014 98,676.77
2015 118,992.25
2016 106,488.49
TOTAL 324,157.51

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