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Developing Countries: Corruption

International Development written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Naomi Long Naomi Long Alliance, Belfast East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the Government plans to address the endemic nature of corruption through use of the development budget in countries lacking transparency.

Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening The Secretary of State for International Development

DFID has stepped up efforts to reduce corruption in developing countries through support in areas like management of public finances (taxation and procurement) and increased investigation and sanctioning of corruption cases. The measures also include steps to improve transparency and access to information, and support for civil society organisations and the media to monitor and hold government to account. In December 2012 DFID increased its funding for the units in the Metropolitan police and the City of London police helping tackle international bribery and corruption.

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