Partnerships strengthen ADB's anti-corruption measures
MANILA, Philippines: Anti-corruption work of the Asian Development
Bank (ADB) focused on prevention, oversight, investigation, and
deterrence through strengthened due diligence, partnerships, awareness
raising and greater outreach in 2013, according to the Annual Report of
the Office of Anti-corruption and Integrity (OAI).
In line with ADB's zero tolerance for corruption, OAI reviews and
assesses all complaints of corruption reported to it. OAI received a
record 250 complaints in 2013.
The majority of complaints came from external ADB stakeholders,
highlighting the crucial role of civil society in combatting threats to
the integrity and effectiveness of ADB's development work.
"Fraud related to work experience, qualifications, and technical and
financial capacities of consulting firms or consultants continues to be
the most common type of integrity violation reported to OAI," said OAI
Head, Clare Wee.
In 2013, OAI investigated 239 cases and closed 76, while the
Integrity Oversight Committee, a three-member panel that decides whether
to impose prohibitions, confirmed sanctions on 30 people and 30 firms.
As part of an agreement between ADB and four other multilateral
development banks, ADB cross-debarred 324 entities. These stringent
measures help ensure development funds deliver desired results and
benefit the people of Asia and the Pacific.
ADB was the first among international financial institutions to
pioneer Project Procurement-Related Reviews (PPRRs), which can mitigate
risks of fraud and corruption and protect funds from improper use in ADB-financed
projects. During PPRRs, project outputs are inspected, internal controls
assessed, and irregularities are identified.
In 2013, OAI conducted seven new PPRRs and issued three reports for
PPRRs conducted in 2012. Summarised findings from PPRRs conducted since
2003 have been injected into OAI's training and awareness-raising