Tuesday, March 11, 2014



IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau



Asian Development Bank (ADB)






[full-text, 37 pages]


Press Release 11 March 2014

Sanctions Rise as Partnerships Strengthen ADB's Anticorruption, Integrity Measures






In 2013, ADB's Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI) received 250 complaints, surpassing the previous record of 240 received in 2012. It converted 92 complaints into investigations and processed sanctions imposed on 30 individuals and 30 firms.


Almost half of the complaints came from ADB staff, highlighting their crucial role in combating 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.


ADB continued to use sanctions as a remedial measure to protect the integrity of ADB-financed, supported, and administered activities. In justified circumstances, ADB also utilized temporary sanctions to manage integrity and reputational risks arising from continued involvement with firms and individuals that are the subject of an OAI investigation.


A concerted effort against corruption


More than ever, in 2013 OAI’s anticorruption work focused on prevention, oversight, investigation, and deterrence through partnership, awareness raising, and outreach.


Its achievements in 2013 reflect OAI’s close partnership and teamwork with ADB’s governance and operations departments as well as external partners to address fraud, corruption, abuse of resources, and other violations that undermine the integrity and effectiveness of ADB-funded activities.


About ADB's Office of Anticorruption and Integrity


OAI recognizes that tackling corruption requires a multifaceted approach and a comprehensive network of partnerships and alliances. Tasked to ensure that the finite development funds entrusted to ADB are not misused as a result of fraud and corruption, OAI relies on close collaborations with internal and external partners and stakeholders to fulfill its mandate.


OAI’s mandate is underpinned by ADB’s zero tolerance to corruption. It is aligned with ADB’s broader commitment to combat corruption and improve governance as a core strategic objective of ADB Strategy 2020, and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness of 2005—to which ADB is a signatory—in support of effective, transparent, and accountable aid.




2013 Highlights

2013 at a Glance

Executive Summary

Protecting Project Funds through Project Procurement-Related Reviews—Bridging Gaps in Project Implementation

The Office of Anticorruption and Integrity: Our Work






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