Community Integrity Building

Several studies show the negative correlation between corruption and the quality of government services. Up to 17% of gross domestic product (GDP) in developing countries is lost due to corruption, fraud and mismanagement, affecting basic human rights and vital development outcomes such as access to education, water, healthcare, roads and social services. Conservative estimates put this loss at more than USD 1 trillion a year. We know that this impacts poor people the most.

At Integrity Action, we actively seek to tackle corruption by building integrity in some of the world’s most challenging environments. We do this through a proactive approach to integrity with our CIB approach. CIB strengthens accountability and guarantees that citizens are better equipped to:

  • Deal with corruption challenges
  • Advocate for better services
  • Ensure fewer public funds are wasted.

Integrity Action’s Community Integrity Building approach is a successful and cost effective way to improve the quality of public services and infrastructure and has provided benefits to over 5 million people across countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The approach has five phases, outlined in the diagram below, and within each of these phases there are a number of steps to follow and tools to use. Although communities often operate within very different socio-economic and cultural realities, we have found that when every stage of the Community Integrity Building cycle is given attention, problem resolution is higher.

CIB Doagram

This collaborative method for local citizens and public officials to work together on improving the provision and performance of public services focuses on i) context sensitivity through mapping of stakeholders and their needs and priorities, ii) joint learning between government, civil society and business, iii) building the evidence base, including acting on the right to information, and community monitoring, iv) constructive engagement in joint working groups and v) closing the loop by integrating citizen feedback and implementing solutions.

Network for Integrity in Reconstruction

The Network for Integrity in Reconstruction (NIR) is a coalition of organisations implementing the Community Integrity Building approach. This network currently includes NGOs operating across 11 countries and provides a platform for sharing lessons learned and best practise, encouraging all network members to improve their approach and anticipate challenges through peer-to-peer learning and sharing.

As a network we:

  • Manage an online learning platform, DevelopmentCheck where all NIR members can upload and access learning materials to help them increase the efficiency and impact of their approach
  • Facilitate regular discussions between partners to enhance learning
  • Provide a monthly newsletter
  • Provide training and capacity building in areas identified by our network members
  • Facilitate a global partners workshop once a year to train and support partners

"Integrity Action’s workshops and training are tremendously valuable. In particular, the all-partner workshops are an exceptional platform for peer learning and sharing. We felt that many challenges we encounter in our work were also shared among partners and solutions could be more easily found together. Workshops are also essential to deepen our knowledge on integrity and the CIB approach".


Current Network Members

Kenya 1 member Nepal 2 members
Palestine 2 members Kyrgyzstan 3 members
Democratic Republic of Congo 2 members Sierra Leone 1 member
Liberia 1 member Afghanistan 1 member
East Timor 1 member    

If you would like to know more about our Community Integrity Building work and/or the Network for Integrity in Reconstruction, please contact us at