Preventing corruption, promoting transparency and citizen participation

Project description

Title: Ecuador SinCero – corruption prevention, transparency and citizen participation
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Financier: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Ecuador
Lead executing agency: Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry/Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Movilidad Humana.​​​​​​​
Overall term: 2020 to 2022

Copyright:   Ecuadorian presidency.


Corruption is a complex and often structural phenomenon involving numerous causes and parties. It has an adverse impact on democracy, good governance and citizens’ trust in their institutions. What is more, corruption contributes to inequality and poverty, and reduces the wellbeing of the population.

Similarly to other countries in the region, Ecuador is also looking for ways to prevent corruption and promote integrity, open governance, transparency and citizen participation. The challenge lies in creating the necessary skill sets and coordinating cooperation between public and private stakeholders.


International standards and initiatives are being implemented in order to prevent corruption.

Map showing the regions where the programme is being implemented. Copyright: EcuadorSinCero


The project promotes the skills of state and non-state institutions and stakeholders in order to prevent corruption. In this process, it observes international recommendations and initiatives, such as those of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP). The project also develops exchange formats and training courses.

In addition, it supports the ability of the responsible state entities to develop open governance. This increases transparency, citizen participation and accountability in national institutions and regions of the country.

The project also promotes data collection and knowledge management. By doing so, it prevents corruption having a major influence on public policy-making and fosters decision-making based on international recommendations, expertise and experience.

Last update: August 2022

eeting with the Ecuadorian Housing Minister and the German Ambassador. Copyright: EcuadorSinCero

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