DLP director at European Development Days
DLP director Heather Marquette’s comments on the complexity of corruption are featured in a short video recorded by the EU’s capacity4dev team as part of a ‘Voices and Views’ summary of contributions to this June’s European Development Days. Heather was a speaker at the European Parliament High Level Panel session on June 4.
She spoke about how fighting corruption is a collective issue and so it will happen through collective action, most likely through reform coalitions. She also warned that it may not be possible to develop one simple indicator to measure corruption.
“Corruption is far too complex, it takes into account many different activities at many different levels, and so the continued search for one simple story through an indicator isn’t possible,” she said. A more realistic solution for measuring corruption would be to create a ‘basket’ of indicators that tell us what goes on at different levels of governance and in different sectors, rather than considering each indicator individually and out of context.
She also pointed out that indirect measures can be effective. Citing a performance-based programme for local governors in Afghanistan, she said: “It gave very clear instructions in terms of how governors are supposed to administer their offices. I thought that was a really good example of something that … wasn’t designed as an anti-corruption programme - that kind of came in through the backdoor.”