National Integrity Systems and NIS Assessments

The National Integrity System (NIS) assessment approach provides a framework which anti-corruption organisations can use to analyse both the extent and causes of corruption in a given country as well as the effectiveness of national anti-corruption efforts. It provides research-based evidence about the attributes of governance, mandate and capacity to improve personal and family inclusion, and ability to participate, work and prosper in a cohesive society.

This analysis is undertaken via a consultative approach, involving the key anti-corruption agents in government, civil society, the business community and other relevant sectors with a view to building momentum, political will and civic pressure for relevant reform initiatives.

The assessment makes use of the concept of the National Integrity System (NIS), which has been developed and promoted by TI as part of its holistic approach to countering corruption. The NIS consists of the principle institutions and actors that contribute to integrity, transparency and accountability in a society.

The NIS approach underpins many aspects of Transparency International’s (TI’s) work, including much of the national and international advocacy undertaken by the TI movement. It also provides the conceptual basis for many TI publications, including NIS country assessments, the TI Source Book, and the Anti-Corruption Handbook: National Integrity Systems in Practice.

Transparency International New Zealand released the Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment on Anti-corruption day in 2013. It’s recommendation remain central to ongoing corruption prevention within New Zealand.