Insuring Government Officials Are Free of Conflicts of Interest

When officials use their public office for private gain, it undermines institutions, deprives citizens of essential services and derails economic development. A conflict of interest arises when a public official is in a position to use public office for personal private gain or for the gain of other private parties.

Assets disclosure and conflicts of interest.

Identifying and Managing Conflicts Of Interest and Making Sure Public Officials’ Decisions Are Not Improperly Affected By Self Interest?

Conflict of interest regulations strengthen public integrity. They build a culture of integrity by establishing standards of acceptable behaviour and by providing clear rules and

guidance on ethical conduct in public office. Greater transparency through disclosure is a powerful deterrent against unethical behaviour by reminding public officials that their behaviour is subject to scrutiny. Moreover, they provide a valuable source of information for detecting abuse and corruption (World Bank, 2013).