Anti-Corruption in the context of the 2030 Agenda (Second Edition)Add to learning list


Facilitated e-learning

UN Partner

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United Nations System Staff College

United Nations Development Programme

Course details

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5 weeks
Start date
9 November 2020
End date
11 December 2020
Registration deadline
2 November 2020

Course summary

This online course promotes awareness about the key role anti-corruption plays in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It offers practical examples and key tools to enhance integration of anti-corruption in the measurement and monitoring of the SDGs.

About this course

The 2030 Agenda was a major breakthrough for the anti-corruption movement, as it emphasizes the importance of promoting transparency, accountability and anti-corruption for sustainable development, and makes an explicit link between corruption, peace and just and inclusive societies.

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said, “the 2030 Agenda has established anti-corruption as a global imperative on which hinges the achievement of all sustainable development goals. Goal 16 is rooted in human rights and highlights the importance of strengthening institutions and governance in our pledge to leave no one behind. We also have the opportunity to advance the anti-corruption agenda through the implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption, which has now reached near-universal ratification, providing a comprehensive global framework to fight corruption in alignment with the 2030 Agenda. Corruption is a complex challenge that continues to persist in many countries across the world. It has a direct impact on the three dimensions of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental – and affects each of the five pillars of the 2030 agenda: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships.”

Despite progress made, corruption is still a pressing challenge. Resources lost through corruption exceed the estimated 10 trillion dollars required to eradicate poverty by 2030. Money lost to corruption is essentially development denied to those most at risk of being left behind.

This course has been developed by UNSSC and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) provided significant input into the course content. U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and the International Anti-corruption Academy (IACA) also contributed to the course content. The free-of-charge delivery of this course in 2020 is financially supported by UNDP and UNODC.

Course Methodology

UNSSC online courses are designed to deliver maximum learning outcomes through carefully chosen high-quality learning materials. Our highly facilitated online courses combine self-paced study modules with applied learning components, such as case studies, interactive exercises, and collaborative group work, specially tailored to the needs of the professional interested in deepening their knowledge on a particular subject matter.

Participants will also benefit from live moderated webinars which feature valuable inputs from renowned subject matter experts and allow real-time dialogue with high-level speakers. Webinar recordings are also made available to ensure that participants have a flexible and seamless learning experience.

An expert facilitator guides and assists participants throughout the course, and provides real-time feedback on activities and exercises. Our user-friendly social online learning platform provides participants with the opportunity to connect with peers from diverse organizational backgrounds, fostering peer-to-peer learning.

UNSSC online courses give learners the opportunity to complete activities when it best fits their schedule.

Participants are largely free to determine their own weekly study plan. Lasting five weeks and demanding six hours of study per week, UNSSC online courses incorporate the same high academic rigour as any UNSSC face-to-face programme.

Course Contents

Week 1: Sustainable development and anti-corruption. Concepts of corruption and sustainable development. Anti-corruption initiatives advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Week 2: The role of anti-corruption as part of SDG 16 and as a prerequisite to achieve all other SDGs.

Week 3: Fighting corruption across sectors

Week 4: Integrating anti-corruption in sustainable development plans and programmes – coordination and implementation. Different approaches to align anti-corruption initiatives to sustainable development plans and programmes.

Week 5: Integrating anti-corruption in sustainable development plans and programmes – monitoring. Tools and best practices to monitor anti-corruption efforts within the context of sustainable development.

Target audience

UN staff from headquarters, UN country teams or regional offices, government representatives, development practitioners as well as members of civil society, academia and foundations.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the 2030 Agenda and articulate the key role that anti-corruption plays in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the dual role anti-corruption plays in the 2030 Agenda, both as a focus area in itself under SDG 16 and as a prerequisite for achieving the other SDGs.
  • Identify different methods, tools and best practices to mainstream anti-corruption initiatives in sustainable development plans and programmes.
  • Identify practical tools and best practices to harmonize the monitoring of sustainable development and anti-corruption initiatives.
  • Be able to articulate the need for aligning sustainable development and anti-corruption efforts.