For those of us working in public organizations, one of our most important professional responsibilities is to ensure that the funds and resources entrusted to us are utilized in a manner that serves the best interest of the public. Conflict of interest risk management is a critical part of this responsibility – but all too often, we see it as simply being compliant with rules and policies.
But, in the course of our work, we are inevitably confronted with challenging and nuanced situations for which these rules and policies do not always provide clear-cut solutions. When this occurs, what should we do? And what are the challenges and pitfalls we should be aware of when confronting these “gray areas?” The new course, “Conflict of Interest Risk Management for Your Project,” targets both World Bank Group staff and clients, as well as our partners working in development and those who are interested in the topic. The main objective of this course is to raise awareness on the basics of dealing with conflict of interest situations that commonly arise in development projects. Participants will gain basic skills for identifying, assessing and managing conflict of interest risks and also have a chance to connect with other course participants.
The course is divided into three modules: 1) What is conflict of interest risk management and why is it important?; 2) Applying a conflict of interest risk management lens to common project tasks; and 3) Challenges and pitfalls of conflict of interest risk management.The participants will also have access to knowledge checks (quizzes) and a resource section for additional reading and research.
This course was developed by the Ethics and Business Conduct (EBC) Vice Presidency in collaboration with the Governance Global Practice and the Open Learning Campus (OLC).