The Third Annual Report on Tracking Corruption Trends in Uganda: Using the Data Tracking Mechanism

"Corruption is increasingly being seen as a threat to human existence to the extent that some commentators have called for it to be recognized as a ‘crime against humanity.’ It has also been recognized as the main obstacle to the realization of good governance, sustainable development and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Ultimately, it has serious effects on the social, economic and cultural well-being of societies. In the fight against corruption in Uganda, Anti-Corruption agencies use various measures which can be broadly categorized as coercive, conciliatory and preventive. Although enforcement through coercive means tends to attract more public attention, the preventive as well as conciliatory measures are of crucial importance to enable the realization of maximum benefits from anti-corruption programs. The Inspectorate of Government (IG) is aware of the challenge that exists in determining where Uganda stands in fighting corruption and whether prevalence is increasing or decreasing. The DTM was designed to provide reliable data to enable monitoring and tracking of corruption in Uganda on an annual basis. The tool may ultimately be the basis for assessment of performance of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies in enforcing policies and laws to fight corruption."