UNODC Sub-Programme on Anti-Corruption for Southeast-Asia aims to more effectively prevent, raise awareness of, detect, investigate and prosecute corruption. The Sub-Programme works with Member States in the region to enhance the capacities of their national anti-corruption bodies through the provision of technical assistance and training programmes. It covers 11 countries in the region including 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam), as well as Timor-Leste. The overall scope of the programme is to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), which entered into force in 2015.

Key documents

Civil Society and Private Sector on Fast-Tracking UNCAC implementation in SEA (2017)

Recommendations on Fast-Tracking UNCAC implementation in SEA (2017)

Anti Corruption Newsletters


Snapshot of key achievements UNODC supported in 2018 in Southeast-Asia

Anti-Corruption activities 2018 in Southeast-Asia in numbers

Our latest news stories

April - June 2019

  Promoting inclusive policy reforms in Southeast Asia

  Supporting students to develop their own anti-corruption campaigns at the Myanmar Youth Integrity Camp 2019

January - March 2019

  Open datasets in Thailand: How can we use open data for transparency?

The Digital Government Agency of Thailand (DGA) and UNODC are working together to release more government datasets to the public and encourage Thai citizens, businesses an NGOs to make innovative use of the data for enhancing transparency of public services and supporting the fight against corruption. Read more

  Opaque deals threatening Indonesia's resources: 3 priorities for a new Anti-Corruption Law

Last year, Indonesia finalized the second UNCAC review cycle. On 19-29 March 2019, anti-corruption experts gathered in Jakarta to share their views on priorities for a new Anti-Corruption Law. Addressing complex corruption schemes is one of these. Read more
  Corruption investigations in the Greater Mekong Subregion

A first series of UNODC trainings targeted at strengthening anti-corruption agencies' investigative capacities in the Mekong countries was conducted in the first quarter of 2019. Read more
  Uncovering unexplained wealth in Southeast-Asia

Verifying the content of asset declarations for uncovering hidden or inexplicable wealth can be extremely challenging. Existing initiatives as well as legal and regulatory frameworks for asset declarations were analyzed in a regional study in selected countries in Southeast-Asia (Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam). Read more
  New strategies to prevent corruption in the Maldives and Sri Lanka

UNODC and the Maldives' Anti-Corruption Commission are finalizing a series of preventive actions to combat corruption in the island country. In March 2019, the Anti-Corruption National Action Plan was launched in Sri Lanka, following the completion of the two UNCAC review cycles. Read more

August - December 2018

  Promoting police integrity in Thailand

UNODC works with police departments in several countries to uphold and support the implementation of international standards such as the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. In Thailand, the Code of Ethics of the police is very well detailed, but not well applied in practice. Amongst the 3,000 complaints received in 2018 by the Office of the Ombudsman, most of them are addressed to police officers and hundreds of cases are related to corruption.

UNODC supports national institutions in ASEAN to prevent corruption and promote integrity of all criminal justice actors. Read more
  Improving corruption complaints mechanisms in Lao PDR

In Lao PDR, corruption complaints have significantly increased since hotlines and complaint boxes have been introduced. Between 2017 and 2018, Lao institutions received more than 3,000 complaints, mostly related to land rights issues and conflicts and dissatisfaction with the proceedings and decisions of courts. In light of the large volume of complaints received, the institutions face challenges in addressing them effectively.

UNODC supports ASEAN countries to implement effective corruption complaints mechanisms. Read more
  Civil society roundtable sets future priorities in ASEAN region

Representatives 26 civil society organisations working against corruption across 9 ASEAN countries gathered in Bangkok to set future priorities and avenues for collaboration to fast-track the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in the region. Four thematic areas were addressed: access to information, public procurement, business integrity and human rights.

UNODC supports CSOs engagement in anti-corruption efforts. Read more
  UNODC and KPK pilot a Corruption Risk Assessment in South-Sumatra forests, Indonesia

A century ago, most of South-Sumatra Province was covered in forest. In South-Sumatra, deforestation has led to the destructions of the habitat of tigers, elephants, rhinos and orangutans. The number of orangutans has reduced by 50% between 1999 and 2015, according to Greenpeace. There Is a growing recognition that corrupted licenses given to plantation firms in Indonesia are among the main underlying causes of Indonesia's deforestation, which has one of the highest rates in the world.

UNODC supports ACAs in ASEAN countries to identify corruption risk schemes and develop mitigation actions. Read more
  Indonesia shares progress towards UNCAC implementation

The UNCAC review assists States in the implementation of the UNCAC into domestic laws. What have been the progress made in Indonesia since the release of the first UNCAC review in 2012? KPK and UNODC convened a public discussion on 27 November 2018 in Jakarta to share the results of the UNCAC process.

UNODC supports ASEAN countries to implement the UNCAC via the Implementation Review Mechanism (IRM). Read more
  Mitigating corruption risks in public procurement in rural areas in Viet Nam

Viet Nam has a population of 96million people, 70% of which live in rural areas. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development spends annually $800,000,000 for procurement of goods and services in rural areas and corruption has been identified as one of the main challenges to more effective public spending in the country.

Following similar workshops in the region, UNODC supports Viet Nam to address corruption risks in public procurement. Read more
  The Anti-Corruption Commission in Timor-Leste builds its investigative capacities

Timor-Leste is exposed to being targeted as a layering country in global money-laundering schemes, as well as losing public monies through corruption, embezzlement and tax evasion, especially in relation to the extraction of oil in the country.

UNODC supports ACAs in ASEAN to build their criminal and financial investigative capacities to detect complex and cross-border corruption cases. Read more
  Malaysia brings about positive changes towards business integrity in the ASEAN region

Attracting responsible investments is at the heart of the revised development strategy. The Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act was recently amended and introduces corporate liability for corruption offences.

UNODC supports ASEAN jurisdictions to implement regulations against corruption involving the private sector. Read more
  Embracing digitalization: how can anti-corruption agencies in ASEAN apply innovative tools in the fight against corruption?

Online platforms, mobile applications, open and big data, or blockchain technology could lead to substantial improvements in access to information, data analysis or financial investigations in the region.

UNODC supports anti-corruption agencies in Southeast-Asia to apply innovative tools in the fight against corruption. Read more
  Focus on corporate liability for corruption in ASEAN: holding businesses responsible for corruption offences

The business sector in Southeast-Asia has been continuously plagued with human rights abuses and environmental disasters. Corruption at multiple levels enables these violations to continue.

UNODC supports ASEAN jurisdictions in implementing regulations against bribery involving the private sector. Read more
  Addressing corruption risks in public procurement in agriculture in Viet Nam

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development spends annually the equivalent of US$800,000,000 for procurement of goods and services, and corruption risks in the sector have been identified as a priority to be addressed.

Following similar workshops in Myanmar, Indonesia and Cambodia, UNODC supports Vietnam to address corruption in public procurement. Read more
  Protecting witnesses and whistle-blowers in Timor-Leste

In the region, most of the countries received recommendations through the first UNCAC review cycle to consider strengthening the protection of reporting persons.

Following a regional workshop and a national roundtable in Cambodia, which contributed to the drafting of the law, UNODC supports Timor-Leste to develop national protection systems for reporting persons. Read more
  Financial investigations and cross-border cooperation in complex corruption cases

UNODC analysis of corruption and related money-laundering trends has shown that corrupt money often travels between Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand and that there is a need to strengthen financial investigations requiring cross-border cooperation.

UNODC supports countries in the region to strengthen their capacities to investigate corruption cases. Read more
  Addressing the interplay between gender and corruption

Corruption impacts women differently to men, and gender dynamics interplay with accountability and transparency in the criminal justice system, public services, the private sector and civil society.

UNODC seeks to investigate gender-sensitive approaches at all stages of anti-corruption programmes activities. Read more
  Bhutan and Iran review Thailand's implementation of the UNCAC Chapters on Preventive Measures and Asset Recovery

ASEAN countries completed the first cycle of the UNCAC Implementation Review Mechanism in 2015. The second cycle is ongoing in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar.

UNODC supports ASEAN countries to implement the UNCAC via the Implementation Review Mechanism (IRM), a peer review process. Read more
  Mentoring sessions for investigators in Myanmar to detect corruption cases

The 4th amendment to the Anti-Corruption Law in Myanmar allows the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to launch investigations into information received. UNODC mentored eight investigators to detect corruption.

UNODC supports ASEAN countries with mentoring sessions to investigate corruption cases. Read more

April - June 2018

  Developing income and asset declaration systems
  Fostering awareness on nexus between corruption and transnational organized crime
  Addressing corruption risks in public procurement in Myanmar
  Developing the code of conduct for public officials in Cambodia
  Building capacity for corruption investigations across the region
  Financial investigations and links to money laundering training workshops in Nepal and Bhutan
  UNODC, Singapore collaborate to boost corruption investigations in the Asia-Pacific
  Cambodia kicks-off Second Review Cycle of the UNCAC Implementation Review Mechanism
  Targeting the link between corruption & human trafficking

January - March 2018

  Fostering awareness on nexus between corruption and terrorism
  Supporting Myanmar in developing a national anti-corruption strategy and action plan
  Building capacity for corruption investigations in Southeast-Asia
  Developing the code of ethics for judges in Viet Nam
  Income and asset declaration systems in Southeast Asia
  Open data for anti-corruption efforts in Thailand - Bringing the agenda forward


  Celebrating women fighting corruption on the International Anti- Corruption Day
  SEA PAC countries and NGOs to strengthen access to information and participatory decision- making in Southeast Asia
  Prevention of corruption through codes of conduct and conflict of interest regimes
  Conducting corruption and financial investigations in Lao PDR
  Addressing corruption risks in public procurement, a priority in Indonesia and across Southeast Asia
  UNODC to take on corruption enabling forced labour in the fishing industry
  Preventing corruption in public procurement to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
  Indonesia strengthens measures to crack down on corporate corruption


  UNODC to launch Joint Action Plan to curtail corruption in South and Southeast Asia
  Workshop on Amendments of Anti-Corruption Law - Viet Nam
  Liability of legal persons and foreign bribery laws needed to fight corruption in Southeast Asia
  Supporting Lao PDR to pursue sustainable growth through corruption eradication
  Regional workshop will help countries with the effective protection of whistleblowers to #endsilence on corruption cases
  Governments and private sector come together to fight business sector corruption in ASEAN countries
  Helping Myanmar tackle corruption: it's time for a change