IMF Anti-Corruption Challenge

How might we create behavioral change and increased transparency to enable good governance and tackle corruption in the public sector?

Announcing the Winners

Winners

 

Watch the entire pitch below or go to pitch event page to find out more. 

 

 

 

Sponsors & Partners: 

 

This challenge is organized by the IMF Innovation Lab (iLab) and Legal Department (LEG) in partnership with the Fiscal Affairs, Finance, Strategy, Policy and Review, Institute for Capacity Development, and Communications departments. This challenge is sponsored by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

SECO

 

IBM Research is a technical partner for this challenge.

 

IBM Research

 

 

Please note the challenge is now closed for participation, however all submissions are accessible to the public.

Challenge Update – 26 Aug 2020

Since the selection of the top 8 Anti-Corruption Challenge finalist teams in February, the teams have been making steady progress on their proof-of-concepts. All teams have received training, limited seed funding, and worked closely with IMF and other stakeholders to further develop their solutions.

 

The journey started with 3 days of virtual bootcamp training in March 2020 for all teams.

 

The teams then applied this training to understanding their beneficiaries needs, proposed solutions and stakeholders better and have been working to further de-risk their solution by testing their most critical assumptions.

 

The Challenge Finale virtual pitch event is planned for early October (details to be announced) during which all shortlisted projects will pitch their proposals to a group of judges and the top project teams will be selected for further support and seed funding.

Challenge Update - 27 Feb 2020

We are excited to announce the Top 8 proposalsCongratulations to the project teams! Thank you to all who participated, the judges emphasized the high quality and creativity in the proposals.

 

An evaluation panel consisting of 17 IMF and external expert judges led by Rhoda Weeks-Brown, IMF General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department, selected thefinalists after careful evaluation against the challenge criteria. 

 

See Top 8 proposals below:

 

Topic 1: Enhancing Governance in Public Finance: The Role of Data and Technology

 

D360

Harvesting open data for early detection of conflicts of interest in public procurement

D394

Corrupt Wage Bill Practices in Fragile States: A Blockchain Solution for Guinea-Bissau

 

Topic 3: Tackling Corruption: Financial Disclosure Systems for Public Officials

 

D361

Joining the dots with PEPs: using BO transparency and FD systems to identify red flags

D407

Public Officials Risk Index (PORI)-A tool to combat corruption using disruptive technologies

 

Topic 4: Fighting Money Laundering: The Use of Data for Financial Intelligence

 

D406

Optimizing Money Laundering Investigations in Brazil Through Data Analytics

 

Topic 5: Improving the Understanding of Risks of Corruption

 

D311

We can only stop it, if we understand it.  Measuring perceptions of corruption through gamification

D323

Public procurement corruption risks: Harnessing Big Data for better fiscal governance and growth

 

Topic 6: Open Submission on Use of Open or Big Data for Governance and Fighting Corruption

D317

Rule-of-Law Foundations: Improving Access to Laws & Regulations

 

Please note the challenge is now closed for new registrations however existing users and IMF staff can still log in and the public can view all proposals that made it to the matchmaking phase.

Challenge Update - 13 Feb 2020

 

We are pleased to announce that the Anti-Corruption Challenge received over 120 proposals from country authorities, CSOs, IMF staff and other IFIs from over 30 countries around the world.

 

After careful evaluation against the challenge criteria by our topic experts, we are excited to announce the Anti-Corruption Challenge shortlisted proposalsCongratulations to the project teams that have made it this far!

 

An evaluation panel consisting of IMF and external expert judges will be selecting the top 8 proposals in the next weeks. 

About the Challenge

 

Welcome to the IMF Anti-Corruption Challenge. The Challenge aims to support the development of new and innovative approaches on the following theme:

 

How might we create behavioral change and increased transparency to enable good governance and tackle corruption in the public sector?

 

The Challenge, launched during the 2019 World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, seeks collaborative project proposals from country authorities, civil society organizations (CSOs), and staff from the IMF and other International Financial Institutions on the following topics:

 

1. Enhancing Governance in Public Finance: The Role of Data and Technology;

2. Promoting Good Governance in Central Banks: The Role of Non-Executive Directors;

3. Tackling Corruption: Financial Disclosure Systems for Public Officials;

4. Fighting Money Laundering: The Use of Data for Financial Intelligence;

5. Improving the Understanding of Risks of Corruption;

6. Other solutions including use of open/big data in enhancing governance and fighting corruption.

 

The Challenge topics are framed in the context of the IMF’s Governance Framework. Information on the IMF’s role in helping support good governance can be found in the factsheet on IMF and Good Governance.

 

Challenge Timeline:

  

Phase 1 - Oct 18 to Dec 20, 2019 Challenge is open for proposals
Phase 2 - by Jan 2020 Submissions are shortlisted, and all staff of the IMF and World Bank are invited to review join project teams via internal communications
Phase 3 - by Feb 2020 Selection of finalists by February
Phase 4 - by Mar 2020 Virtual bootcamp training for finalist project teams, where ideas are refined, stakeholders mapped out, team and project charters are developed
Phase 5 - by Sep 2020 Solution development phase for project teams to develop and de-risk their solutions
Phase 6 - by Oct 2020 Virtual Pitch Event where the top 3 teams will be selected for further support and seed funding

 

The top three pitches will receive seed funding and project support by the iLab and sponsors, and will be accepted into the iLab Accelerator Program. Seed funding is typically provided on a “metered funding” basis up to $50,000 (USD).

 

The accelerator program supports projects in completing a proof of concept to realize the proposed idea. On completion of the accelerator program, project teams will deliver a working proof of concept, final presentation, report and project deliverables including code and related documentation via open source.

 

Evaluation Criteria:

 

Only submissions from relevant organizations including country authorities, civil society organizations and international financial institutions (e.g. the IMF, the World Bank, the IFC etc.) will be accepted. The evaluation criteria for project submissions are:

  • Extensibility: Broad relevance and the opportunity for the solution to impact governance or anti-corruption work. Relevance is particularly determined by its practical usefulness to IMF staff and country authorities when engaging in capacity development or surveillance work.
  • Team composition: Team has the appropriate skills, diversity, knowledge, and readiness to facilitate solution-finding and implementation. At least one team member needs to be an IMF staff member to be selected as a finalist. Inter-organizational collaboration is encouraged.
  • Support: Commitment from respective managers and organizations is secured; and evidence that team members can make time to focus on the project. 

 

The proposals will be ranked against the following for the final evaluation:

  • The potential impact of proposal on governance or anti-corruption.
  • The relevance to the Funds work (usefulness to IMF staff and country authorities when engaging in capacity development or surveillance work).
  • The scale-ability of proposal (ability to be benefit multiple member countries).
  • The feasibility of developing a proof of concept or pilot in  8-12 months.
  • The team composition in terms of diverse skills, knowledge & readiness to facilitate solution development and implementation.
  • Clarity of the proposal, and how well defined or formulated it is Novelty or innovation of proposal.
  • IMF staff team membership, where there is no IMF staff team member, the challenge committee will review internal interest.
  • Evidence that organizations will be supporting their staff on projects should it be selected.

 

Sponsors & Partners: 

 

This challenge is organized by the IMF Innovation Lab (iLab) and Legal Department (LEG) in partnership with the Fiscal Affairs, Finance, Strategy, Policy and Review, Institute for Capacity Development, and Communications departments. This challenge is sponsored by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

SECO

 

IBM Research is a technical partner for this challenge.

 

IBM Research 

 

Intellectual Property and Sensitive Information:

 

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