The importance of corruption risk assessment

2018-07-13 11:00   |   Author: Hoppál Krisztina Rita

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has developed a draft publication aimed at supporting public-sector organisations in the development and implementation of effective corruption risk assessment and risk management processes. The International Expert Group (IEG) – in which the State Audit Office of Hungary is represented also – discussed this draft during its meeting in Vienna on 28-29 June 2018. The IEG meeting served as a validation workshop for the publication. The meeting brought together representatives of governments international organizations and non-governmental actors, to ensure that the methodological framework is practical and its explanation is clear to readers.


The United Nations Convention Against Corruption calls upon States Parties to put in place adequate internal control and risk management system. While many States have sought to address corruption, and promote the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability, a failure to adequately identify, prioritise and implemented measures to mitigate the actual corruption risks faced by the public-sector organizations often undermine the effectiveness of the anti-corruption measures. Detecting the need to identify and address this challenge, UNODC worked out a draft guide for the development of corruption risk assessment methodologies.


During the meeting IEG identified areas of the draft which require further clarification, clarified the scope of the risk assessment methodology. IEG suggested to present more corruption schemes by the guide in order to identify potential corruption risks. IEG members suggested further supplementations to ensure that the publication includes enough details on the suggested corruption risk management methodology. The IEG appreciated the practical and problem oriented approach to corruption risk assessment suggested by the UNODC’s draft publication.

Gyula Pulay

supervisory manager