Executive summary

The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) is the sole global, comprehensive anti-corruption instrument. It provides a framework for addressing corruption through prevention, criminalization, international cooperation and asset recovery. The Convention formulates specific requirements on how to structure States parties’ procurement systems in order to effectively manage the risk of corruption.

The United Nations Convention against Corruption recognizes that the goal of strengthening integrity requires an approach based on respect to the local environment. It emphasizes in its article 9 that implementing an effective public procurement system based on transparency, competition and integrity is an important step towards preventing corruption. Establishing such a system poses a significant challenge for many Member States, including small island developing States (SIDS). Small and often isolated, with limited resources, SIDS require a customized approach to addressing corruption in procurement; an approach that reflects the unique challenges of their environment.

This publication is intended to serve as a reference guide to addressing corruption in procurement in SIDS for governments, the private sector, academia and civil society, as well as for development assistance providers that work with SIDS.

It provides an overview of the elements of a strong procurement system, the international standards relevant to the prevention of corruption in procurement and the requirements of UNCAC. It focuses on some of the specific challenges SIDS face in strengthening integrity in procurement and provides examples of how the general suggestions contained in international standards are translated into specific norms and are implemented locally.

This publication is meant to complement the Guidebook on anti-corruption in public procurement and the management of public finances: Good practices in ensuring compliance with article 9 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption published by UNODC in 2013;* it is meant to complement it with some SIDS specific examples and suggestions.Click edit button to change this text.

*Available at www.unodc.org/documents/corruption/Publications/2013/Guidebook_on_anti-corruption_in_public_procurement_and_the_management_of_public_finances.pdf.

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