A cornerstone of the OECD’s anti-corruption programme is the work it performs through SIGMA – Support for Improvement in Governance and Management in Central and Eastern European Countries. This is a joint initiative which is principally funded by the European Union’s Phare Programme. The initiative supports public administration reform efforts and advice on building modern, accountable, solid and transparent systems of administration in thirteen countries in transition, these being Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. SIGMA counsels officials in areas like financial control, budgeting and public procurement. Clearly, these responsibilities place SIGMA in the forefront of the battle against corruption. SIGMA has also teamed up with Transparency International to produce the Anti-Corruption Directory, an in-depth reference guide to the multinational programmes, institutions and personalities supporting anti-corruption efforts in central and eastern European countries.
©OECD Observer July 2000