12th IACC IACC team, May 2006
WORKSHOP SHORT REPORT FORM
Number and title of workshop: 6.2 Are Institutionalized Processes Contributing to
Corruption? Determining Best Value in Anti-Corruption
Date and time of workshop __11/16/05 11:30 am – 2:00 pm__________________________
Moderator (Name and Institution) _____Eric Prier_________________________________
Rapporteur (Name and Institution) ____Clifford McCue______________________________
Panellists (Name, institution, title)
Anwar Shah, Program Leader, Public Sector Governance, World Bank Institute
Maria Rendon, Deputy Director, Democracy & Governance Office, USAID
William Davis, Principal, DPK Consulting
Eric Prier, Senior Research Associate, Public Procurement Research Center, Florida Atlantic
Clifford McCue, Director, Research and Technical Services, Public Procurement Research
Center, Florida Atlantic University
Main Issues Covered
Identified incentives and cross-pressures of institutional actors involved in Anti-corruption
Discussed the effectiveness of widely advocated reforms in AC efforts.
Identified best value in AC strategies along the contractual policy streams.
Discussed issues concerning proper alignment of incentives and coordination among key
institutional AC program actors
Identified best value strategies in AC programmatic efforts.
Identified institutionalized successes and failures in AC efforts.
Identified incentivized barriers to implementing a coherent AC strategy.
Discussed strategies to overcome traditional failures inherent in the contractual stream of AC
Specified best value strategy in AC programs.
1. Explained how best value is a strategy addressing uncertainty in the contractual policy
2. A paper that provides a conceptual model to empirically identify successes and failures of
AC reform efforts.
3. A paper that highlights the role that best value can play in implementing coherent AC
4. A paper that discusses the role of donor institutions in the AC contractual stream.
5. A paper that provides an analyses of recent successful reform efforts in three countries.
12th IACC IACC team, May 2006
Recommendations, Follow-up Actions
Institutional actors must better coordinate strategies for addressing corruption, however,
Empirically analyze each countries needs, and respond accordingly based on the
intersection of the incidence of corruption and quality of governance.
Overall strategies need to be revisited continuously based upon AC program outcomes.
Find ways to increase citizen participation in developing countries through programs of civic
Failed government as a driver for corruption.
Research needed on how to address the complex topic of criminal gangs acting as provider
of goods demanded by citizens in developing countries.
Workshop Highlights (including interesting quotes)
“Government is a run-away train….”
“Based upon human experience, universal strategies may not be appropriate.”
“There is no one best way, just a host of ways to address corruption.”
Coordination of AC programs is severely lacking – too much turf war with conflicting
incentives for stakeholders.
Each actor in AC programmatic activity has differential measures for achieving outputs that
may not be aligned with desired outcomes.
Best value is a strategy across five stages: inputs, transformation, outputs, quality, and
Best value utilizes traditional foci of activity while also paying attention to quality and the gap
between outcomes and outputs.
Discussed how best value may be a coordination strategy designed to maximize probability of
achieving intended AC outcomes.