Eliminating corruption risks in Infrastructure projects 

Our work

We want to ensure infrastructure truly meets the community’s needs.  

This means eliminating corruption risks from the very start of an infrastructure project.  

By guaranteeing a more efficient, honest, and fair process from the very beginning, we can ensure infrastructure projects meet the community’s needs, for current and future generations.

We are developing a tool to identify the loopholes that enable corruption to thrive in the infrastructure sector. This tool will help users, whether they be from government, industry or civil society, identify corruption loopholes in the process of approving infrastructure projects and focus their efforts on closing them. 

This tool is being piloted in the Solomon Islands and Indonesia. If you are interested in funding the roll-out of this tool in another Asia-Pacific country, please get in touch.

The problem

The value of global construction output is expected to reach US$ 17.5 trillion a year by 2030. But as much as US$ 6 trillion could be lost annually by 2030 through corruption, mismanagement and inefficiency. 

If large infrastructure projects are designed and implemented without effective anti-corruption controls and assurance, roads can be built to nowhere, buildings and bridges crumble, environments are damaged, and communities can be left divided and displaced. Resources should be spent on the community are wasted, and costly white elephant projects remain. In the worst-case scenario, lives are lost due to unsafe construction. 

What we're doing

We have developed a tool to identify the loopholes that enable corruption to thrive in the infrastructure sector.

This tool helps users, whether they be from government, industry or civil society, identify corruption loopholes in the process of approving infrastructure projects and focus their efforts on closing them. 

We are also working to build and engage national and regional networks to strengthen transparency in infrastructure projects, including civil society organisations, key government institutions, and infrastructure industry stakeholders. 

We are working with our partners in the Solomon Islands and Indonesia to pilot this work. Transparency International Indonesia will assess a national infrastructure prioritisation project responsible for accelerating over 200 large-scale infrastructure projects. TI Solomons will use evidence from their local research to call for stronger transparency and oversight of infrastructure projects in the country.

Infrastructure

Our global work

This project is part of Transparency International’s regional partnership to reduce corruption in the Indo-Pacific region. This regional work includes 

  • empowering strong and independent civil society
  • supporting civil society and citizens to speak out against corruption
  • mobilizing action to support increased accountability of public and private institutions.

TI Australia

TI Australia Contact Information

Anna Griffin
Project Officer, Accountable Infrastructure Program

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