Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Anti-Corruption Network (ACN)
The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. It works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. It measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment. It analyses and compares data to predict future trends. The OECD sets international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.
The OECD looks, too, at issues that directly affect the lives of ordinary people, like how much they pay in taxes and social security, and how much leisure time they can take. It compares how different countries’ school systems are readying their young people for modern life, and how different countries’ pension systems will look after their citizens in old age.
Drawing on facts and real-life experience, the OECD recommends policies designed to make the lives of ordinary people better. It works with business, through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, and with labour, through the Trade Union Advisory Committee. It has active contacts as well with other civil society organisations. The common thread of our work is a shared commitment to market economies backed by democratic institutions and focused on the wellbeing of all citizens. Along the way, the OECD also sets out to make life harder for the terrorists, tax dodgers, crooked businessmen and others whose actions undermine a fair and open society.
OECD at 50 and beyond
As the OECD turns 50, it is focusing on helping governments in our member countries and elsewhere in four main areas:
- First and foremost, governments need to restore confidence in markets and the institutions and companies that make them function. That will require improved regulation and more effective governance at all levels of political and business life.
- Secondly, governments must re-establish healthy public finances as a basis for future sustainable economic growth.
- In parallel, the OECD is looking for ways to foster and support new sources of growth through innovation, environmentally friendly ‘green growth’ strategies and the development of emerging economies.
- Finally, to underpin innovation and growth, it needs to ensure that people of all ages can develop the skills to work productively and satisfyingly in the jobs of tomorrow.
The OECD’s core values
- Objective: The OECD analyses and recommendations are independent and evidence-based.
- Open: The OECD encourages debate and a shared understanding of critical global issues.
- Bold: The OECD dares to challenge conventional wisdom starting with our own.
- Pioneering: The OECD identifies and addresses emerging and long term challenges.
- Ethical: The OECD‘s credibility is built on trust, integrity and transparency.
Anti-Corruption Network (ACN)
The Anti-Corruption Network (ACN) is a regional outreach programme of the OECD Working Group on Bribery.
The ACN is open to countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The main counterparts are the national governments and anti-corruption authorities of the participating countries. Civil society, business sector, international organisations and international financial institutions, as well as other countries take an active part in the ACN (see Participating Countries and Organisations).
The ACN was established in 1998. Its main objective is to support its member countries in their efforts to prevent and fight corruption. It provides a regional forum for the promotion of anti-corruption activities, exchange of information, elaboration of best practices and donor coordination.The ACN operates through general meetings and conferences, sub-regional initiatives and thematic projects.
The main focus of the ACN Work Programme is to exchange experiences and evaluate progress achieved by the participating countries and to introduce good practices for the successful implementation of anti-corruption policies. The ACN activities incompass four main areas:
- General Meetings of the Anti-Corruption Network (ACN),
- Country Specific Projects - Ukraine
- Sub-regional initiatives, with the focus on the Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan,
- Thematic reviews on selected priority issues
Source: http://www.oecd.org/corruption/acn/mainactivities/ and http://www.oecd.org/corruption/acn/aboutthenetwork/