Money and Politics Program - Guide to Applying Lessons Learned

Publication Date: 
30 Apr 2006

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Political finance transparency, achieved through the availability (and accessibility) of political account information, can help to illuminate and mitigate the effects of corrupt and illegal practices, while it simultaneously rewards those who “play by the rules.” As such, the disclosure of political accounts is a necessary—albeit insufficient—condition for holding political actors accountable and reducing political corruption.

The benefits of disclosure are spelled out in USAID’s Money in Politics Handbook.1 The Handbook demonstrates how disclosure effectively promotes accountability within the larger social, political, and historical context of emerging democracies. This Guide is meant to augment the Handbook by building on and operationalizing these concepts.

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