On 28 June, the Brookings Institute in the US launched a framework called “TAP-Plus” which highlights specific factors that need to be considered in addition to the traditional focus on the adoption of transparency, accountability, and participation (TAP) measures. Brookings says that the extractive industries like oil, gas, and mining are particularly prone to the corruption risks that undermine good governance. Given the complexity of these governance challenges, it asks, can natural resource corruption be reduced, or even eliminated? It says that, the TAP-Plus approach hypothesises that 3 elements require particular attention for scaled-up impact
- interventions that address the implementation gap within TAP interventions;
- consideration of contextual factors in design of realistic TAP programs; and
- inclusion of complementary measures—beyond the traditional TAP field—which interact with TAP interventions and may have a significant impact in preventing or reducing corruption and improve sustainable development outcomes.
A paper published by Brookings explains these key elements.
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