Combating Corruption Improving Governance in Africa

Regional Anti-Corruption Programme for Africa 2011-2016

This Regional Anti-Corruption Programme for Africa is an initiative of the UNECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, being undertaken in collaboration with the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption aimed at up scaling the fight against corruption on the continent with a view to ensuring a corruption free, better governed and economically prosperous continent. The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) (2003) and the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) (2003) constitute the main policy and political frameworks for the formulation of this programme, and its main objective is to facilitate the elaboration and implementation of these two frameworks on the African continent. The programme adopts a multi-track strategic approach which combines policy research and analysis, with training and capacity development, peer learning and knowledge and information sharing and documentation of best practices on anti-corruption, policy dialogue and special events on corruption in Africa. The project engages at the national, sub-regional and regional levels with support to national anti-corruption institutions, the pan-African Body of National Anti-Corruption institutions, sub-regional networks of national anti-corruption institutions, and the African Union Advisory Board on Anti-Corruption. In addition, non-state actors such as civil society groupings, media, and private sector are also mainstreamed into the anti-corruption agenda. A holistic approach is adopted which captures the nuances and multi-dimensional nature of the problem of corruption in Africa. The programme complements and in many important respects seeks to actualize the main objectives and priorities contained in the Strategic Plan of the AU Advisory Board on Corruption.