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Commonwealth Adviser wins International Anti-Corruption Award

7 December 2018

Roger Koranteng has been awarded the Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award for his work on tackling corruption in both Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth countries.

Speaking at the awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dr Koranteng said, “It is an honour to receive this award and I am grateful to the Commonwealth Secretariat, and in particular the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General, for providing the opportunity and platform to do this work.

“I would like to dedicate this award to the Commonwealth Anti-Corruption Agencies, who take on the challenging job of tackling corruption in difficult circumstances.”

The Awards were established by Qatar’s Rule Of Law and Anti-Corruption Center (ROLACC) in 2016 to support the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s anti-corruption mandate and highlight the importance of tackling corruption. They are awarded annually on International Anti-Corruption Day to winners in four categories: academic research and education, youth creativity and engagement, innovation, and lifetime achievement. 

Dr Koranteng received the Anti-Corruption Innovation Award.  He has been working on governance and corruption issues in his role as Adviser and Head of Public Sector Governance at the Commonwealth for more than a decade. In that time, he has established networks of anti-corruption agencies in Commonwealth Africa and the Caribbean that promote inter-agency collaboration and learning.

In 2013 Dr Koranteng was responsible for establishing the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre in Botswana which is the prime vehicle for building and strengthening the capacity of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa. He is now working with African Development Bank to enhance the capacity of the Francophone Anti-Corruption Agencies through training and peer-to-peer learning as well as through annual review meetings.