Fighting Corruption, Promoting Good Governance

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This publication presents a framework for Commonwealth Principles on Promoting Good Governance and Combating Corruption. It was endorsed by Heads of Government at their Summit in Durban in 1999 as the basis for pursuing concerted strategies based on ‘zero tolerance’ for all types of corruption at national and global levels. This publication includes the full report of the Expert Group. It examines the nature of corruption and its different dimensions as well as appropriate responses to the problems it poses. The book proposes actions at national and international levels which the Group sees as being necessary if countries are to successfully combat corruption and promote good governance.




In recent years, there has been a phenomenal growth of interest in issues related to governance and corruption. This reflects, in part, increasing acceptance of the proposition that poor governance and corruption are corrosive of economic and social development. At their meeting in Edinburgh in 1997, Commonwealth Heads of Government underscored the importance of good governance, including increased openness in economic decision-making, and eliminating corruption through greater transparency, accountability and the application of the rule of law. At their request, I established a small group of eminent experts, representative of the Commonwealth's diversity, to undertake a study on these issues and recommend ways in which the Commonwealth could promote good governance and fight corruption.


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