UNODC Activities with Civil Society in the fight against corruption

The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) recognizes the role of civil society in combating corruption under its Article 13, by calling on governments to increase transparency, improve public access to information, as well as to promote public contribution to government decision-making processes.

UNODC bolsters the capacity and engagement of civil society, especially from developing countries, by delivering training to CSOs on UNCAC and its review mechanism. UNODC also supports CSO engagement in intergovernmental meetings and provides the necessary tools for them to work constructively with their governments and the private sector on UNCAC implementation. An overview of our anti-corruption activities and examples of success stories can be accessed through this link.


Upcoming Events for 2013-2014

  • Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on UNCAC and its review mechanism (Vienna, 23-26 June 2014)
  • NGO Briefing on margins of the 5th Session of the Implementation Review Group (Vienna, 2-6 June 2014) [Link To Documents]
  • Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on UNCAC and its review mechanism (Kuala Lumpur, 24-27 February 2014)
  • International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December 2013) [Link To Website]
  • 5th Session of the Conference of the States Parties to the UNCAC (Panama city, 25-29 November 2013)  [Link To Conference Website] 

Resource Material


Guide on using the UNCAC to advance anti-corruption efforts

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: The Review Actors

Chapter 3: The Review Process

Chapter 4: The Review Tools

Chapter 5: Civil Society Participation

Chapter 6 : Civil Society Report

Additional Training Videos

Power Point Presentations

  • Useful Documents and Software

United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)

UNCAC English

Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure for the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption

Self-assessment of the implementation of UNCAC

  • Working with the Private Sector

***NEW Civil Society Guide on UNCAC and the Private Sector

Corruption Prevention to Foster SME Development (UNIDO/UNODC) (Volume 1) (Volume 2)

Anti-corruption Policies and Measures of the Global Fortune 500

The Fight Against Corruption' e-learning tool

Advocacy and Campaigns


9 December : International Anti-Corruption Day

Our Partners


Mainstreaming anti-corruption activities in civil society strategies

The diversity of the NGOs' areas of expertise allowed for a high level of interaction on the challenges posed by corruption in their respective sectors, such as environmental crime, human trafficking and child protection.  (READ MORE)

Addressing the Links between Corruption and Transnational Organised Crime

To illustrate the links between Corruption and Transnational Organised Crime, NGO representatives presented their points of view at a side event organised by the UNODC Civil Society Team on the margins of the CTOC/COP7. (READ MORE)


African civil society and governments working together on anti-corruption issues

With the support of the Austrian Development Agency, 30 participants representing NGOs and governmental focal points from 12 countries across Africa attended the workshop on UNCAC implementation. (READ MORE)

Bringing governments and civil society together to fight corruption in Asia

From 24 to 27 February 2014, UNODC and the UNCAC Coalition hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop for civil society organisations and government officials on UNCAC and its review mechanism in Malaysia (READ MORE)

Active participation of civil society at the 5th session of CoSP

Over 170 CSO representatives from some 40 organizations participated in the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, held in Panama on 24-29 November 2013. (READ MORE)


CSOs around the world celebrate the International Anti-Corruption Day 

The campaign on 9 December 2013 aims to bring together people from all walks of life in the fight against corruption, serving as a global call for action and raising awareness about the UN Convention against Corruption (READ MORE)

Evaluation of UNODC Civil Society Project shows positive impact and way forward

UNODC Global Project which aims to strengthen the capacity of CSOs to combat corruption and contribute to the UNCAC review process underwent an independent evaluation and the results were presented in Vienna (READ MORE)

Empowering CSOs to better fight corruption through the UNCAC

A fourth training to strengthen civil society capacity on the United Nation Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and its review mechanism took place from 18-21 June 2013 in Dakar, Senegal. (READ MORE)

Non-governmental organizations briefing at the Implementation Review Group to UNCAC

At the 4 th session of the IRG of UNCAC, a NGO Briefing was organized on 30  May 2013 by the Secretariat of UNCAC, pursuant to the provisions of Resolution 4/6   (READ MORE)

New global campaign design competition for the International Anti-Corruption Day

For this year's International Anti Corruption Day, we're calling on youth between the ages of 15- 25 to submit their ideas and maybe have them featured in the 2013 theme (READ MORE)

Encouraging CSOs anti-corruption work with the private sector

To effectively contribute to the global effort in tackling corruption and its effects on the economic and social environments, UNODC has launched a second round of its small grants scheme for CSOs (READ MORE)

One-day training session for NGOs in Brasilia

UNODC and the UNCAC Coalition have organized a  training session to strengthen civil society capacity on UNCAC. The training took place on 6 November 2012 in Brazil. (READ MORE)

Over 100 Civil Society Organizations trained on UNCAC and its review mechanism

A third training to strengthen civil society's capacity on the UNCAC and its review mechanism took place from 9-12 October 2012 at the International Anti-Corruption Academy in partnership with the Austrian Development Cooperation. (READ MORE)

UNCAC Implementation Review Group (IRG) holds its first NGO Briefing Session

Following Resolution 4/6, adopted at the 2011 Conference of States Parties (COSP), a Briefing Session with representatives of  NGOs was held on the sideline of the IRG with the objective to further promote constructive dialogue with NGOs dealing with anti-corruption issues  (READ MORE)

Successful training for CSOs on the UNCAC and its review mechanism

During a training which took place on 20-23 March 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa, 40 CSOs from some 30 countries across Africa and Asia attended interactive sessions organized by experts from Transparency International and UNODC. (READ MORE)

NGOs take the Road to Marrakech: Active participation of civil society at the Conference of the States Parties

200 NGO representatives participated in the fourth Conference of the States Parties which took place from 24-28 October in Marrakech, Morocco, and contributed meaningfully to the various activities related to UNCAC. (READ MORE)