The Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre was established by the Commonwealth Secretariat in partnership with the Government of Botswana and the Association of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa.
The centre provides training and knowledge sharing across investigations, public education and prevention, forensics, prosecution and asset tracking. Since its launch in 2013, nearly 20 anti-corruption agencies, with a total of 7,000 personnel, have benefitted.
Training programmes delivered by the centre cover: leadership and management; practical skills for prevention and control, investigation, prosecution and professional ethics; and monitoring and evaluation to measure and assess the impact of anti-corruption initiatives.
The centre has established a helpdesk to provide national agencies with swift access to technical support and research, and worked with organisations such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Transparency International.
Training senior managers
Twenty heads of anti-corruption agencies in Africa have benefitted from capacity development programmes organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat in association with the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre.
Effective management training has also been delivered to senior managers at anti-corruption agencies in Zambia, Lesotho, Namibia, Mauritius, Botswana and South Africa.
In April 2016, a management and leadership skills training programme was delivered to senior managers of South Africa’s Special Investigation Unit, benefitting 40 senior managers.
Miseria Nyathi, one of the trainees, said: “What we have are people who are experts in investigations and now they are experts in leadership and management. If you have the right management skills, you can better tackle corruption and undertake investigations.”
Lead trainer Dr Roger Koranteng, Governance and Anti-Corruption Adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat, said: “Many anti-corruption agencies have experts or subject specialists at the top, but they do not necessarily have management experience. Management skills are crucial to achieve results.”