This is an in-country assessment by civil society of how countries have delivered on the pledges made at the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit, irrespective of the quality of the original commitments, and summarises that progress in the following categories:

  • Complete: Commitment has been fulfilled
  • Underway: Activity has started for delivering on this commitment
  • Ongoing: Commitment has no clear end point and activity has started
  • Inactive: No activity has taken place on this commitment
  • Overdue: Not completed by the deadline

The assessments are based on publicly available evidence up to 31 July 2017. Each country made a different set of commitments, with variations in the number and quality of the commitments. Caution should therefore be exercised in making direct comparisons between different countries’ implementation progress. For more details on the quality of each commitment please download the full dataset.

After an initial discussion with leading academics, we are keen to develop and refine the methodology for this pledge tracking tool and are opening the methodology to consultation until November 30 2017. Submissions – either critiques of the current methodology and/or suggestions for improvements – should be sent to Jameela Raymond.

We are aware of one instance in which our national-level data gathering resulted in inaccurate evidence which – contrary to our methodology – was not sufficiently cross-checked with the national government and may have resulted in a less favourable assessment for the country concerned. We are working to correct this, and since this site is able to incorporate live updates we are interested to hear from others who believe they can provide supplementary information. We will also be updating the evidence available for all commitments, and welcome citizens of those countries emailing us with publicly available evidence of progress.

Overall, the results are promising.

Of all the commitments:

  • 17% are complete
  • 28% are underway
  • 25% are ongoing
  • 27% are inactive
  • 4% are overdue

We found that the commitments which had previously been assessed as ‘ambitious’ or 'new' were more likely to have been completed. In comparison, commitments which were ‘somewhat ambitious’ or ‘somewhat new’ were some of the least likely to be implemented – perhaps reflecting the lack of political will behind these pledges. 


Of the International Organisations, the European Commission, International Monetary Fund, OECD and World Bank have no inactive commitments. The United Nations hasn't made any progress on 3 of its pledges, whist the Commonwealth Secretariat hasn't started working on over half of its commitments. On asset recovery, beneficial ownership and public procurement implementation has been high, and led by a few notable governments.

We have recently published an updated version of 'Promise to Practice: Monitoring Global Progress of the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit', which can be viewed here.