Can REDD+ be corruption-free?
Manipulating baseline forest data, double-counting project benefits, and skewing monitoring schemes have been known as likely corruption risks for REDD+. But how do these risks map onto the actual political economy of REDD+ implementation in selected pilot countries?
U4 has looked into REDD+ readiness from an anti-corruption perspective in six countries: DRC, Indonesia, Kenya, the Philippines, Tanzania, and Vietnam. Our fieldwork – conducted with a range of local partners – reveals significant variations in corruption risks across pilot countries and institutions.
Innovative solutions are being adopted to enhance project transparency, improve understanding of risks, and create the potential for credible judicial sanctions. Yet REDD+ must still deal with immensely complex issues around forestland tenure and benefit-distribution – where incentives for corruption remain particularly high. Learn how programme designers and managers can rise to the challenge of ensuring corruption-free REDD+.
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