2.5 Leading by example: demonstrating the importance of integrity
Even in areas of operation where corrupt practices are widespread, there are those who wish to effect change and whom the mission can support. But as important as direct support is the mission’s ability to implement and therefore model behaviours, practices and procedures that include and where necessary, prioritise anti-corruption and pro-integrity measures.
This is key particularly when the mission interacts with host nation actors, from political groups to potential contractors, and can have an impact on these actors’ behaviour. Modelling integrity and commitment to preventing and countering corruption can take different shapes and forms, from insisting on transparency and accountability in contracting (for example, through provision for audits) to establishing whistleblowing hotlines and following up on signals of wrongdoing that the mission receives, especially if they involve mission personnel. Mission practices would ideally become models that others can learn from and adapt, and would underpin a communications strategy promoting anti-corruption and integrity.