The Role of Parliaments in the Fight Against Corruption

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The Role of Parliaments in the Fight Against Corruption

August 25th, 2021

Governments have a key role to play in the fight against corruption. For governments to effectively tackle corruption we must focus on strengthening their three main functions: legislation, oversight and representation. When these are strengthened corruption reduces.  

A new report by WFD compiles information from desk-based research and interviews with relevant stakeholders. A variety of examples from neighbouring countries in the region such as South Korea, Japan and from countries in other regions such as UK, New Zealand, Jordan, and Kuwait are also incorporated. Taking all this information into account this report provides recommendations as to how Bangsamoro’s government can become better equipped to manage corruption.  

This publication begins by discussing issues that may arise when “Developing Legislation”, then suggestions as to how parliaments can mitigate these are given. We stress the importance of ensuring laws are clear, context specific, compliant with human rights regulations and evidence led. We also highlight the importance of reviewing laws to identify and account for any unintended consequences they may bring. Additionally, we stress the importance of protecting whistle-blowers.  

Our report then progresses onto the direct actions that must be taken by governments and MPS to ensure these conditions are met. The report explains how to form effective laws, how to sufficiently scrutinize these laws, how to best combat corruption through oversight committees and how to conduct successful budget oversight. 

This publication concludes by providing recommendations for the Bangsamoro government, all of which aim to strengthen the parliaments legislative, oversight and representative functions. When these recommendations are followed it becomes possible for the government of Bangsamoro to play a key role in the fight against corruption. Our findings and recommendations, although intended for the parliament of Bangsamoro, hold the potential to strengthen democracies across the globe.  

Read the full report.

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