Transparency International – Core contribution (2014-2016)

Project completed

Transparency International (TI) is the leading global Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working against corruption. It has succeeded in placing and maintaining the fight against corruption on the international agenda. TI’s overall goal is to stop corruption and promote transparency, accountability and integrity at all levels and across all sectors of society. To achieve this, the TI Movement focuses on promoting reforms within the public and private sectors that increase transparency and accountability, and on empowering civil society to advocate for and monitor such reforms.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Legal and judicial development
Information and communication technology (ICT)
01.01.2014 - 31.12.2016
CHF 1'800'000

Corruption is a major impediment to economic growth, social stability and poverty reduction. It erodes public trust in government, it leads to sub-standard services and it wastes scarce public resources. The impact of corruption is particularly damaging for developing countries which lose billions of dollars every year through corrupt acts such as bribery, embezzlement, misappropriation or other diversion of property or abuse of functions.

SDC recognises that tackling corruption is a vital part of the development process. Hence, SDC is committed to setting up programs to prevent and combat corruption.


SDC’s support is a core contribution to the Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S). The overall goal of the TI-S is to support the TI Movement in achieving its strategic aspirations by leading the global and regional advocacy for the TI Movement. Specifically TI-S will :

  • Shape the international anti-corruption agenda,
  • Promote the development and enforcement of international norms and standards, and
  • Demande the transparency and accountability of international and regional institutions.
Target groups

  • People - Increased empowerment of people and partners around the world to take action against corruption.
  • Institutions - Improved implementation of anticorruption programmes in leading institutions, businesses and the international financial system.
  • Network - Strengthened ability to work together with 100 National Chapters.

Medium-term outcomes

TI specific:

  • TI is the leading global voice and critical change agent in the demand for world-wide transparency, integrity and accountability.
  • TI research products provide compelling analyses for anti-corruption advocacy and learning.
  • TI contributes significantly to effective global enforcement of anti-corruption measures and reduced impunity for corrupt acts.
  • TI has responded effectively to the most critical emerging corruption risks and policy issues.

SDC specific:

  • Enhanced access of the Global and Regional Cooperation and Eastern European Cooperation to TI’s expertise (thematic reports, dialogue, priority sectors (climate change, forestry, service delivery, health, local governance, education etc.) in implementing multilateral and bilateral programs.
  • Enhanced Learning on anti-corruption topics for all divisions of SDC. 

Results from previous phases:  

  • Advocacy: The partnership helped to put the topics corruption and illicit financial flows high on the agenda of many developing and developed countries through TI’s constant global advocacy work.
  • TI’s solid expertise and experience in the field of anti-corruption is unrivalled by any other civil society organization. Their reports and indices (e.g. the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) or Global Corruption Barometer) are used as a reference worldwide.
  • TI has developed successful and practical tools which support many stakeholders to focus on and implement concrete anti-corruption initiatives. For example, 88 Advocacy and Legal Advice Centers in 58 countries enable citizens to seek advice when they are faced with corruption in their daily lives. Or, the Transparency in Corporate Reporting (TRAC) analyses the transparency of corporate reporting on a range of anti-corruption measures among the 105 largest publicly listed multinationals.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO
  • Other international or foreign NGO North

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'800'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'800'000 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF  7'680'000
Project phases Phase 13 01.12.2016 - 30.06.2021   (Completed)

Phase 12 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)