Table of Contents

  • Corruption is a key threat to good governance, democratic processes and fair business competition. Fighting corruption and promoting good public governance are among the main priorities of the OECD. In addressing corruption and good governance, the OECD takes a multidisciplinary approach which includes fighting bribery of foreign public officials, combating corruption in fiscal policy, public and private sector governance and development aid and export credits. The OECD is a leader in setting and promoting anti-corruption standards and good governance principles. It ensures their implementation through peer reviews and monitoring of member states and by providing policy-makers with analysis and recommendations. It also helps non-members to improve their domestic anti-corruption and good governance efforts by fostering sharing of experience and analysis and through regional programmes.

  • A great number of countries around the world have introduced systems of asset declaration for public officials in order to prevent or combat corruption. Many believe that asset declarations can be a powerful tool in this regard; however, the impact of such systems on actual levels of corruption is not well known. This study aims to help furnish a clearer picture by providing an analysis of existing practice in the area of asset declarations of public officials, in particular in former socialist countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and in some OECD member states in Western Europe and North America.

  • “Policy Principles and Recommendations for Public Official Asset Declaration” presents policy recommendations for the design, implementation and reform of asset declaration systems, which can be used throughout the world. These recommendations are based on the analysis of the existing practice in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and in some OECD member states in Western Europe and North America. They suggest ways in which to increase the effectiveness of asset declaration by promoting transparency and fighting corruption in public administration. These recommendations will be useful for national governments and international organisations engaged in development, reform and assessment of asset declaration systems on a country level.