ACE is funded with UK aid from the British people, and represents a £15 million investment from 2015–2021.

Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Programme

The Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) programme is designed to produce new, operationally relevant research evidence on tackling corruption and, through this, support more evidence-based and therefore effective anti-corruption initiatives.

Key Features:

  • Investigating anti-corruption (not just corruption)

  • Focusing on real-world problems (not just concepts or theory)

  • Tackling the politics of anti-corruption (as well as the technical barriers)

  • Demonstrating impact (by measuring reduced corruption)

ACE is an Interdisciplinary programme, cutting across political science, economics, anthropology, sociology, and socio-legal studies. ACE’s research questions require a combination of research methods, and substantial fieldwork to generate new data, and some experimental methods. (All datasets – quantitative and qualitative – will be made available publicly.)


Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence Research Programme logo

Led by Global Integrity, GI-ACE is a programme of competitive research grants, research uptake, and policy engagement. It supports 14 different partners generating actionable evidence that policymakers, practitioners, and advocates can use to design and implement more effective anti-corruption initiatives.

GI-ACE's research priorities include addressing the international architecture that supports corruption; promoting systems of integrity management; and tackling corruption at subnational and sectoral levels.

SOAS ACE Consortium logo Making Anti-Corruption Real

Led by SOAS University of London, SOAS-ACE is a research programme consortium that takes an innovative, incremental approach to generate evidence on specific sectoral questions to help policymakers, businesses, and civil society adopt new, feasible, and high-impact strategies to tackle corruption.

With a dynamic portfolio of around 35 projects, SOAS-ACE works in the public and private sectors in three DFID-focus countries—Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Nigeria.


High-quality, policy-relevant, new evidence and methodological advances produced on anti-corruption in the private sector. and ‘what works’ to reduce corruption. This will include stakeholder engagement throughout the research and uptake process to ensure the operational relevance of the evidence produced.


Robust new knowledge and evidence on which combinations of anti-corruption approaches work best, where, and why, will lead to development of – and investment in – more effective anti-corruption policies and programmes.


Measurably reduced prevalence of corruption, with positive impacts on people’s lives, service delivery, poverty reduction, safety and security, and economic development.