Office of Anticorruption and Integrity
The Office of Anticorruption and Integrity (OAI) ensures that finite development funds entrusted to ADB are not misused.
OAI is the designated focal point of contact for allegations of integrity violations pertaining to ADB-related activities and other misconduct including bullying and harassment.
OAI’s mandate is underpinned by ADB’s zero tolerance for corruption. It is aligned with ADB’s broader commitment to combat corruption and improve governance as a core strategic objective of ADB Strategy 2020, and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness of 2005—to which ADB is a signatory—in support of effective, transparent, and accountable aid, and Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals to substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.1
OAI conducts project procurement-related reviews, provides advice on integrity due diligence, and advances awareness of ADB’s anticorruption policy. OAI likewise supports the right of the ADB staff to work in an environment free from inappropriate behavior, misconduct, harassment, and bullying.
In carrying out OAI’s activities, the head and authorized staff members have unrestricted access to (and may have temporary possession or control of) information and records relating to all ADB activities, personnel, and physical property.
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. This includes implementing these technical assistance projects:
- Developing Anti-money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Approaches, Methodologies and Controls for Nonbanking Financial Institutions
- Enhancing Integrity and Anticorruption Awareness in Asian Development Bank Projects
- Understanding and Arresting Corruption in ADB-related Activities
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 was upgraded to an Integrity Division (OAGI) with expanded functions to cope with the growth in volume and complexity in investigations of fraud and corruption, there had been increasing need for 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 trainings.
On 1 October 2009, OAGI was upgraded to the Office of Anticorruption and Integrity under the supervision of Head, OAI—a newly created position.
OAI reports directly to President and through the President to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors on OAI’s activities and outcomes.
1 Office of the General Auditor was renamed Office of the Auditor General (OAG) in 2003.