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Integrity Framework for Public Infrastructure
Integrity Framework for Public Infrastructure
February 2016

The nature of public investment in infrastructure makes it particularly prone to corruption. Bribery, policy capture, embezzlement, abuse of functions, and trading in influence are common examples of corrupt acts, although the exact legal definitions of these vary across countries.

Corruption allegations concerning government-financed infrastructure projects are common. Indeed, the extent of public officials’ discretion over the investment decision, the large sums of money involved, and the multiple stages and stakeholders implicated contribute to making them more vulnerable to undue influence. This report outlines an integrity framework for public investment.

Integrity Framework for Public Infrastructure
Findings
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Public investment in infrastructure is particularly prone to corruption
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Investment constitutes close to 20% of the gross domestic product (GDP) in OECD countries
3
Corruption creates extra burdens and costs on investment, which reduces value for money and the quality of results