New research into the cost of corruption in Vietnam is being used to stimulate public debate and to provide an evidence base for policy reform.
This research was funded by the UK Government Anti-Corruption Strategic Fund. Coffey awarded research grants to Vietnamese think tanks and consulting groups to examine the costs of corruption on economic, social and development goals.
Seven peer-reviewed papers were produced. These focused on the detrimental effect of corruption on national economic growth, as well as on private sector investment, employment and per capita income at the provincial level.
The research also looked at corruption risks in Vietnam’s large household business sector and into the effects of petty corruption on innovation. A further study explored the benefits of anti-corruption programming for development.
Coffey disseminated the research to key audiences in Vietnam. In 2014, Coffey supported the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and the UK Department for International Development to organise a research symposium, which was attended by 100 participants from government, academia and civil society. The symposium offered participants a chance to discuss preliminary findings from the studies.
The Annual Anti-Corruption Dialogue, between donors and the Government of Vietnam, provided opportunities for the program to reach out to a greater number of government stakeholders and to help them focus on suggested policy reforms.
Articles based on the research have been published in Vietnamese newspapers, such as the Saigon Economic Times.
In May, the seven papers will be featured in a thematic issue of a major international academic journal on corruption issues, Crime, Law and Social Change. The articles are already available on the publisher’s website.