Ethics and Corruption

The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) entered into force in December 2005. Much has been done since to identify the many forms of corruption in education, and to document their impact on access, quality, and equity issues.

It is now time to move a step further, and to reflect on how transparency and accountability concerns should lead educational managers to consider corruption risks at each stage of planning: from diagnosis; to the development of new norms and procedures; the design of new policies; management; monitoring; and evaluation and control.

Improving transparency and accountability in education is indeed a precondition to the attainment of the Education for All goals. At the same time, an education sector free of corruption is imperative to the promotion of a culture of ethics.

The IIEP Ethics and Corruption in Education Programme develops an understanding of how to reshape educational planning by taking into account transparency and accountability concerns.

As part of its Ethics and Corruption in Education Programme, IIEP provides support to countries that are in the process of launching public expenditure tracking surveys (PETS), report cards, and audits, or who are conducting an integrity assessment of their education sector.

It also carries out research projects and activities to document successful strategies to promote transparency and accountability in a variety of educational planning/management domains.

For example:

Almost 20 publications are available in the Ethics and Corruption in Education series.

Finally, IIEP responds to countries’ demands to develop strategies related to:

  • transparency and accountability in financing;
  • teacher management;
  • teacher code of conduct;
  • textbook production and distribution;
  • private tutoring;
  • academic fraud;
  • and other important issues.

All of the information content is compiled into one resource platform: ETICO, a dynamic clearinghouse for all information and activities related to transparency and accountability issues in education.

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