Civil Society Fighting Corruption

The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) recognizes the role of civil society in preventing and combating corruption under Article 13, by calling on governments to increase transparency, improve public access to information and to promote public contributions to the government decision-making process. Article 13 also recognises the role of civil society to raise public awareness regarding the existence, causes and gravity of and the threat posed by corruption.

The Civil Society Unit (CSU) bolsters the capacity and engagement of civil society, especially from developing countries, by delivering trainings to CSOs on UNCAC and its review mechanism. The CSU 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.


Civil Society Preparatory session on matters concerning NGO participation at the 9th Conference of the States Parties to the UNCAC (COSP 9)

On 12 December 2021 UNCAC Coalition together with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organised the Civil Society Preparatory session on matters concerning NGO participation at the 9th Conference of the States Parties to the UNCAC (CoSP 9). The meeting took place in a hybrid format with Mathias Huter, Managing Director of UNCAC Coalition, H.E. Mr. Mohamed H. El-Molla, Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN (Vienna) and John Brandolino, Director or Division for Treaty Affairs welcoming the participants. Read more here

Grants for Civil Society

The CSU's grants schemes aim to help develop and complement innovative projects and ideas on anti-corruption, specifically on the UNCAC implementation.
Call for Proposals for Anti-corruption Public Awareness Initiatives is open to civil society organizations (CSOs) and CSO networks based and operating in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. Read more here.

A full report on the 13 CSOs grant projects sponsored in the Fast-tracking UNCAC project in Eastern Africa, Southeast Asia and South America and Mexico is available here.


In order to promote collaboration between CSOs and facilitate the identification of partners, the CSU, in partnership with the UNCAC Coalition, launched four anti-corruption e-platforms. CSOs can increase their impact by sharing experiences and corruption-monitoring methodologies, building partnerships and exchanging updates about the status of UNCAC reviews.

The interactive e-platforms for Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Southeast Europe can be accessed here.

Launch of the new Fast-tracking UNCAC Implementation website

The project has enabled the creation of four Regional Platforms across the world of governments and civil society working together in South East Asia, Eastern Africa, South America and Mexico as well as in Southern Africa to effectively implement the UNCAC in support of SDG 16. Find out more here.

Publications and Tools

To provide guidance and assistance for the prevention of and fight against corruption, UNODC has developed several tools, manuals and publications.

Civil society assessments were undertaken in each of the Fast-tracking UNCAC Implementation regional platforms. Read them for Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, South America & Mexico, and East Africa.

You can access our latest guide "Civil Society for Development: Opportunities through the United Nations Convention against Corruption" in English, FrenchRussian, and an abridged version in Portuguese.

You can also access our leaflet "Fighting Corruption Together" showing cases of engagement. As well as a video below highlighting civil society engagement in the fast-tracking UNCAC implementation project.


Through multi-stakeholder workshops, regional conferences and roundtable discussions, UNODC engages CSOs, governments and the private sector in a constructive dialogue and sharing of experiences, lessons learned and good practices regarding anti-corruption and UNCAC review mechanism implementation.

UNODC & EBRD Strengthen Civil Society Engagement in the Implementation of UNCAC in Central Asia

From 24 to 25 November 2020, the first ever Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on the United Nations Convention against Corruption and Its Review Mechanism was held in Central Asia. The hybrid event had nearly half of the more than 100 participants joining in-person, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It welcomed representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs), the private sector and public institutions from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The two-day workshop enhanced participants’ knowledge of the Convention and its Review Mechanism, including entry points for CSOs. It further provided a platform for holding constructive discussions and exchanging best practices. Read more.


CSOs have the opportunity to participate in and conduct events on the margins of the sessions of the Vienna-based intergovernmental bodies, and other relevant meetings, such as the sessions of the Conference of the States Parties to UNCAC. The most recent and upcoming are:

COSP 9 - Special Event "Strengthening civil society role in anti-corruption in Uzbekistan". Read the full story here.

COSP 9 - Special Event "Regional Programme Southeast Europe – Together Against Corruption (SEE-TAC)". Read the full story here.

COSP 9 - Special Event "Civil Society Champions against Corruption: Showcasing regional best practices". Read the full story here.