Implementation of an integrity plan is an important step for assisting municipalities, UNDP country offices, international donors and organizations in carrying out anti-corruption projects at the local level.

In order to successfully implement an integrity plan, it is necessary to develop a straightforward integrity policy statement between the actors involved and commit to a Code of Ethics. Negotiations and a signature of a Memorandum of Understanding with Mayors are crucial for clarifying objectives, roles and responsibilities for the entire project.

Thus, the formation of a Guiding Coalition allows Mayors and Anti-Corruption Practitioners to actively diagnose corruption practices and highlight vulnerable areas through a participatory process.

Once a thorough corruption risk assessment has been conducted, it is necessary to develop an integrity plan in order to define integrity risk treatments, disciplinary measures and elaborate strategic actions to address corruption.

Furthermore, a continuous monitoring, reviewing and integration process ensures a reliable check on the planned achievements and objectives.

Benefits of introducing an integrity management system in local government include, but are not limited to:

  • Effective Risk Management

  • Improved organizational resilience to corruption;

  • Reduced risk of corruption and minimized financial and non-financial losses from integrity violations;

  • Resources allocated efficiently to treat risks with adequate risk mitigation mechanisms;

  • Stakeholder and compliance management

  • Improved focus on stakeholders and their integrity requirements and expectations;

  • Assurance to stakeholders that the local government is taking reasonable steps to prevent corruption;

  • Enhanced conformity with relevant legal requirements and ethical commitments;

  • Enhanced effectiveness, efficiency and transparency

  • Higher effectiveness of operations and improved processes;

  • Improved quality and transparency of public service delivery;

  • Enhanced transparency and effectiveness of supply chain management;

  • Improved organizational internal ethics infrastructure

  • Improved internal ethical climate and internal capacities to manage integrity risks;

  • Increased awareness of staff at all levels regarding integrity;

  • Higher understanding of roles and responsibilities of each official in managing risks at the work place;

  • Effective internal and external communication regarding integrity;

  • Increased public image and credibility

  • Significantly enhanced public image and increased public trust in local government;

  • Co-ownership in integrity efforts created. Effective inclusion of local stakeholders in anti-corruption.