Panama: NCSC Recognized at International Anti-Corruption Conference

NCSC was pleased to be recognized in the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Center’s Proxy Challenge to develop indicators in anticorruption. U4 sponsored an NCSC team to present our indicator in the global challenge at the International Anti-Corruption Conference held in Panama in December.

The U4 Proxy Challenge sought proposals for Proxy Indicators in the measurement of anti-corruption reform. The Proxy Challenge invited researchers and practitioners to propose indicators that can show the direction of change and the progress of anti-corruption reform efforts, rather than measuring the quantity or volume of corruption. The proxy indicators were meant to be reliable, intuitive, accessible, and cost-effective. The aim of proxy indicators is to facilitate the measurement of anti-corruption reform progress—a perennial challenge for public sector institutions, donor organizations, and civil society stakeholders.

NCSC welcomed the opportunity to present at the conference and to further our understanding of anti-corruption reform. NCSC’s proposed indicator was developed by Ehrik Aldana, Violaine Autheman, and John Cipperly. Our indicator ranked second in the competition which honored the team of Mihály Fazekas and Bence Tóth, from the University of Cambridge, for their proposal concerning corruption in public sector procurement. NCSC congratulates the winning team and thanks the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Center for their recognition of NCSC in such an esteemed competition.

The U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre is a leader in anti-corruption research, assisting donor practitioners to more effectively address corruption challenges in their development assistance. The U4 Resource Centre is operated by the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Bergen, Norway, a private social science research foundation working on issues of development and human rights. The U4 Help Desk is maintained by Transparency International in Berlin.

More about the Proxy Challenge is available here.