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
Life skills in non-formal contexts for adolescent girls in developing countries
Kendra Dupuy, Sosina Bezu, Are Knudsen, Sandra Halvorsen, Christina Kwauk (Brookings Institution), Amanda Braga (Brookings Institution), Helyn Kim (Brookings Institution)
Understanding the resource curse: A large-scale experiment on corruption in Tanzania
Alexander W. Cappelen, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Donald Mmari, Ingrid Hoem Sjursen and Bertil Tungodden
How do voters respond to information on self-serving elite behaviour? Evidence from a randomized survey experiment in Tanzania
Ivar Kolstad and Arne Wiig
Policy implementation under stress: Central-local government relations in property tax collection in Tanzania
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Merima Ali and Lucas Katera
The resource bites back: Entry-points for addressing corruption in wildlife crime
David Aled Williams, Rob Parry-Jones, Dilys Roe
Corruption and state-backed debts in Mozambique: What can external actors do?
David Aled Williams, Jan Isaksen
Corruption and the city: How aid donors can support integrity building in urban spaces
David Aled Williams, Kendra Dupuy