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Palladium selected to deliver new DFID Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme

Palladium has been selected as part of the consortium which will deliver a new £6 million Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme (ACE), as part of a consortium led by SOAS, University of London. The five year initiative began last month.

The 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit was the first of its kind held anywhere in the World. Hosted by the UK Prime Minister, the Summit aimed to step up global action to expose, punish and drive out corruption in all walks of life. As well as agreeing a package of actions to tackle corruption across the board, it dealt with issues including corporate secrecy, government transparency, the enforcement of international anti-corruption laws, and the strengthening of international institutions.

In this new era of improving the effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts, the ACE programme will deliver fresh, operationally-relevant evidence on tackling corruption. The programme will lead to more evidence based – and therefore effective – anti-corruption initiatives by DFID and its partners in a range of DFID priority countries. The consortium also includes the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The programme will focus on Bangladesh, Nigeria and Tanzania.

The programme will build on a previous collaboration between Palladium and Professor Mushtaq Khan of SOAS, where a Palladium-led team developed a framework for DFID to analyse the impact of corruption on private sector development. Palladium will provide inputs across ACE research projects to ensure research is practical and relevant for policy and programming.
The effective tackling of corruption remains a priority for Palladium across all of our projects. We currently manage a large number of DFID programmes with anti-corruption components, including the Engaged Citizens Pillar (previously SAVI) in Nigeria, the Governance in Action programme in Kyrgyzstan, and the Empowerment, Voice and Accountability programme in Pakistan.

Craig Mathieson, Palladium’s ACE manager, is clear that the UK is taking a leading role in challenging corruption:

“The ACE programme demonstrates the UK Government’s commitment to strengthening global anti-corruption efforts. Anti-corruption initiatives require both technical expertise and political awareness, and this is something in which DFID are actively investing. Our anti-corruption methodology is rooted in technical best practice and continuous political economy analysis. We are very excited to be partnering with SOAS to respond to what is a critical issue for many developing countries”.

Visit the SOAS website for more information on the ACE programme or contact Craig Mathieson at

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