Impacts of anti-corruption pledge trackers

Jameela Raymond

18 Apr 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Auditorium 1

The 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit saw leaders come together and make pledges that, if properly implemented, would have real potential to reduce global corruption. However, it lacked a formal follow-up mechanism to ensure that these leaders would be held accountable for the promises that they made.

To fill this gap, Transparency International UK developed the ‘UK Anti-Corruption Pledge Tracker’ — an online advocacy tool which has the following, simple research question at its heart: “What progress has the UK government made in delivering on the anti-corruption commitments made at the summit?”

The interactive site offers users some answers to this question by individually categorising fifteen commitments as either ‘pending’, ‘underway’, ‘complete’ or ‘overdue’, and directing users to publicly available evidence to support each assessment.

The Pledge Tracker has proven to be both a carrot and a stick in motivating the UK government to deliver on its commitments. Promises that might have been silently pushed aside in time of constant political change have remained in the public eye as a result of the Pledge Tracker’s focus. We’ve also seen that healthy competition between government departments has not only proved a catalyst for progress, but also the need for authorities to proactively publish evidence of activity across a range of issues.

When the Pledge Tracker was launched almost 18 months ago, only one commitment (6.7%) was complete, while 5 (26.7%) were underway and 9 (66.7%) were pending. In such a short space of time the picture is now drastically different: 8 (53.3% are complete, 2 (13.3%) are underway, 3 (20% are pending) and 2 (13.3%) are overdue.

Building on the success of the UK Anti-Corruption Pledge Tracker, Transparency International have set up more pledge trackers in Afghanistan, Ghana and Kenya, and in 2018 will develop the same in Jordan, Mexico, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.