In a year that it received more complaints (302) than in any other year to date, OAI assessed a record 375 complaints.
The coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, pandemic significantly impacted the way OAI worked and what it was working on in 2020. This 2020 annual report highlights OAI’s initiatives that were deployed by expanding its reliance on technology, and engaging colleagues and external experts in developing member countries. OAI pivoted to a fully remote working environment and adapted to the stringent mobility restrictions during the pandemic.
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Preapproval Documents Reviewed
To help fast-track pandemic-related projects, OAI worked with project teams to conduct integrity due diligence and strengthen procurement, financial management, and anticorruption controls.
Proactive Integrity Reviews
OAI addressed challenges by improving technology-based digital interactions with stakeholders, enhancing document retrieval, utilizing web-based file-sharing platforms, and leveraging collaboration with local consultants.
One of the keys to success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
in a world reshaped by COVID-19 will lie in strengthening domestic resource mobilization
and international tax cooperation.
ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa
At the 53rd ADB Annual Meeting
17 September 2020
Under the regional hub, governments will cooperate closely to improve tax yields in a fair and equitable manner—including managing aggressive tax planning and combating tax evasion.
Complaints and Investigations
OAI serves as the initial point of contact for all allegations of integrity violations, as defined by ADB.
Integrity Risk Management
OAI carries out proactive integrity reviews of ongoing ADB projects, conducts integrity due diligence, and provides advisories.
ADB’s International Anticorruption Day celebration. (Clockwise, from top left) OAI Head John Versantvoort, ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa, and keynote speakers Global Financial Integrity Policy Director Lakshmi Kumar and Sarawak Report Founder and journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown (photo by Ryan Dael).
Anticorruption Day 2020
ADB’s 10th IAD celebration focused on Strengthening Governance Systems to Combat Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) at a Time of COVID-19. ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa emphasized how ADB's anticorruption measures and capacity building initiatives complement efforts by civil society in fighting IFFs.
UN Women Programme Specialist Gaelle Claire Demolis highlighted how female representation brings in transparent public accountability and governance systems that are responsive to women’s and men’s needs.
Basel Institute of Governance Managing Director Gretta Fenner and ADB Philippine Country Director Kelly Bird discussed integrity risks and mitigating measures in emergency projects.
OECD’s Jeroen Michels and Paul Whittaker presented recommendations from recent OECD policy papers on promoting good governance and mitigating corruption risks in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
During the pandemic, corruption in projects could mean the difference between life and death for the poor and vulnerable.
Mongolia worked with development partners and donor nations to craft a plan that proactively pursued policies on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism.
ADB Philippine Country Director Kelly Bird shares lessons learned from working with agencies to deliver quick and life-saving interventions as part of emergency response.
OAI launched a video series featuring anticorruption thought leaders who offer actionable solutions to governance issues.
Six out of nine videos produced were on safeguarding integrity in COVID-19-related projects.