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Glossary:Conflict of interest

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Conflict of interest
A conflict of interest in the public sector refers to a conflict between the public duty and the private interest of a public official, in which a public official’s private capacity interest could improperly influence the performance of their official duties (e.g. secondary employment, possible bias, acceptance of gifts). Even if there is no evidence of improper actions, a conflict of interest can create an appearance of impropriety that can undermine confidence in the ability of that person to act properly.