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Integrity in Brief

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Oversight bodies are integral to a strong anti-corruption framework. However, even once the process for establishing such a body begins, countless challenges may be encountered before the agency is up and running effectively. This brief identifies a few of the most critical challenges during this process, based on the accounts of agencies including (1) the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) of Victoria, Australia, (2) the Office of the Inspector General of Montreal (Montreal OIG), and other relevant offices.

Each oversight body is unique in its history and attributes, such that a single set of common challenges is unlikely to exist for all agencies. However, the following, non-exhaustive list presents some of the major challenges oversight agencies have faced prior to and in the early days of their operations, which may be helpful guidance for anyone considering the establishment of an oversight agency.

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