Office of Anticorruption and Integrity | Asian Development Bank

Office of Anticorruption and Integrity

The Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI) enforces ADB's commitment to improving governance by combating corruption and other violations that undermine the achievements and credibility of ADB-related activities or among staff members. 

ADB's zero tolerance for corruption underpins OAI's anticorruption work in support of effective, transparent, and accountable aid. It is aligned with one of ADB's core strategic priority, laid out in the ADB Strategy 2030. OAI conducts project procurement-related reviews, provides advice on integrity due diligence, and advances awareness of ADB's anticorruption policy.  OAI also implements ADB’s tax integrity policy at country and project levels. OAI ensures a respectful workplace through the Respectful Workplace Unit, established witin the integrity office in February 2017. 

Through OAI, ADB trains, educates and disseminates information to raise awareness on its Anticorruption Policy and to enhance the skills of staff, civil society, and the private sector in detecting and preventing fraud and corruption in ADB projects. 

In carrying out its mandate, OAI has unrestricted access to, including temporary possession or control of, information and records relating to all ADB activities, personnel, and physical property.

Historical evolution of OAI   

ADB's anticorruption policy was approved by the Board in July 1998. Subsequently, the functions of the former Office of the General Auditor2 were realigned in August 1999 with the creation of an Anticorruption Unit to focus on new activities relating to the implementation of the Anticorruption Policy.

In December 2004, the Anticorruption Unit became the  Integrity Division (OAGI) with expanded functions to cope with the growing volume of, and complexity in investigations of fraud and corruption. These rise in demand needed more coordination with other ADB members, liaison with multilateral development banks, representation at international conferences, and collaboration with ADB's Budget, Personnel and Management Systems Department (BPMSD) for delivery of training.

On 1 October 2009, OAGI became the Office of Anticorruption and Integrity. OAI reports directly to President and through the President to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors on OAI's activities and outcomes.