Programmes designed to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) intend to reward individuals, communities and countries that cut carbon emissions from forests. They envisage improving incentives towards either retaining standing forests or instigating more sustainable and controlled forestry activity. REDD programmes present a possible entry point for improving forest governance practices in forested developing countries while simultaneously addressing forest-related carbon emissions as part of a global climate regime.
The central role of issues of governance, public integrity and corruption in the success of REDD programmes is widely acknowledged both in relevant academic and policy literature and in ongoing discussions within the development practitioner and research communities. Good governance, anti-corruption and public integrity approaches suitable for REDD are currently being explored both in the literature and in international and national policy workshops, stakeholder meetings, and conferences.
Many salient questions remain to be explored in detail, however, including:
- How could weak governance and corruption influence the success of REDD programmes?
- How can REDD programmes have a positive impact on the integrity of existing forest governance?
- How can those responsible for REDD programmes ensure that necessary good governance and anti-corruption reforms are successful?
- How should those responsible for REDD programmes respond if anti-corruption measures are not successful?
This project promotes an informed approach among U4 partner agency staff to governance and anti-corruption issues specifically in relation to REDD programmes. The purpose of the project is to assist partner agencies in their governance and anti-corruption efforts related to REDD. This will be done by providing informational resources to assist the partners in building capacity to design and implement governance and anti-corruption strategies and interventions relevant for REDD programmes.
For publications and activities, see the U4 REDD Integrity theme page
National-level corruption risks and mitigation strategies in the implementation of REDD+ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: An overview of the current situation
The political economy of corruption and REDD+ in Kenya: Initial findings
Assessing corruption risks critical for success of REDD
Aled Williams, Andre Standing
Corruption et REDD+ : Identifier les risques dans une situation complexe
Unready for REDD+? Lessons from corruption in Ugandan conservation areas
Does an economics education produce technocratic paternalists? Experimental evidence from Tanzania
Ivar Kolstad, Arne Wiig and Odd-Helge Fjeldstad
Journal of Development Studies
Evaluation of Sida’s Model for Bilateral Research Cooperation
Inge Tvedten (Team Leader), Raphaëlle Bisiaux, Adam Pain, Arne Tostensen, Panith Chou, Catherine Ngugi, Rodrigo Paz and Fredrik Åström
The Customer is King: Evidence on VAT Compliance in Tanzania
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Cecilia Kagoma, Ephraim Mdee, Ingrid Hoem Sjursen, Vincent Somville
Governing petroleum resources in Tanzania: Lessons learned and policy implications
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Donald Mmari and Kendra Dupuy
Governing petroleum resources: Prospects and challenges for Tanzania
Emergency release of people from prison because of Covid-19. A brief analysis through an anti-corruption lens
Twenty years with anti-corruption. Part 8. Working with other parts of government … when they don’t want to work with you
Phil Mason OBE
Preparing to leave? Household mobility decisions in climate affected areas of coastal Bangladesh
Arne Wiig, Minhaj Mahmud, Ivar Kolstad, Päivi Lujala, Sosina Bezu
Twenty years with anti-corruption. Part 6. The end game: asset recovery and return – an unfinished agenda
Phil Mason OBE
Polygynous Neighbors, Excess Men, and Intergroup Conflict in Rural Africa
Carlo Koos, Clara Neupert-Wentz
Journal of Conflict Resolution
Armed governance: the case of the CIA-supported Afghan militias
Antonio De Lauri, Astri Suhrke
Small Wars and Insurgency