International Anti-Corruption Day

International Anti-Corruption Day

Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective. December 9th has been observed as International Anti-Corruption Day since 2003 when the UN passed the Convention against Corruption. Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development, and contributes to governmental instability.

Fighting corruption is a global concern because corruption is found in both rich and poor countries, and evidence shows that it hurts poor people disproportionately. It contributes to instability, poverty and is a dominant factor driving fragile countries towards state failure. Governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, the media, and citizens around the world are joining forces to fight this crime. The United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime are at the forefront of these efforts.

The theme of the Anti-Corruption Day:

Corruption affects all areas of society while preventing corruption unlocks progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, helps protect our planet, creates jobs, achieves gender equality, and secures wider access to essential services such as healthcare and education. 

Your right, your role: Say no to corruption

In fact, it is everyone’s right to benefit from strong anti-corruption efforts, misconduct and wrongdoing are stealing away valuable resources at a time when they are most needed to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 crisis. 

Background of Anti-Corruption Day:

Corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law, and creating bureaucratic quagmires whose only reason for existing is the soliciting of bribes. Economic development is stunted because foreign direct investment is discouraged and small businesses within the country often find it impossible to overcome the "start-up costs" required because of corruption.

On 31 October 2003, the General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption and requested that the Secretary-General designate the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as a secretariat for the Convention’s Conference of States Parties.

The Assembly also designated 9 December as International Anti-Corruption Day, to raise awareness of corruption and of the role of the Convention in combating and preventing it. 

Why do we celebrate Anti-Corruption Day?

The impacts of corruption disproportionately affect the most vulnerable people in society. Widespread corruption deters investment, weakens economic growth, and undermines the rule of law. It is marked to raise public awareness about the issue of corruption. Anti-corruption consisted upon the activities that oppose or inhibit corruption. Just as corruption takes many forms, anti-corruption efforts vary in scope and in strategy. We must do efforts to eradicate this evil from our world to grow peace and progress and to ensure a better future of society.

Methods to Stop Corruption in the Workplace:

  1. Understand the law and other regulations.
  2. Conduct a risk assessment.
  3. Set the tone top-down.
  4. Always conduct due diligence.
  5. Keep reviewing your policy.
  6. Communicate and train.
  7. Always protect whistleblowers.

Ways to Reduce Corruption Risks:

  1. Update anti-bribery & anti-corruption policies.
  2. Get the tone right from the top.
  3. Embed ABAC principles in corporate culture.
  4. Ensure gifts & hospitality meet key criteria.
  5. Conduct due diligence on all third parties.
  6. Watch out for bribery & corruption red flags.


Corruption causes inefficiency and inequity. It is a symptom that the political system is operating with little concern for the broader public interest. It indicates that the structure of government does not channel private interests effectively. This is hollowing out the roots of society, so all of the individuals who know it very dangerous, must do efforts and attempts to eradicate it and take part in the progress of an astounding society.