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Strengthening the capacity and effectiveness of the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre

Strengthening the capacity and effectiveness of the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre

The Government of Botswana south the assistance of the Commonwealth Secretariat to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre.

Country: Botswana
Host: Directorate of Corruption and Economic Crime 
Start date: 11/01/2016
End date: 10/01/2017
Policy area: Governance
Policy expert: Roger Koranteng
Project manager: Oluwatoyin Job 

Background

In 2011 the Secretariat brought all Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACAs) in Commonwealth Africa together to establish an Association of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa. This Community of practice seeks to promote South-South collaboration and learning by brokering the exchange of ideas and good practices among Commonwealth Africa and to encourage the sharing of experience in areas of comparative advantage.

The annual Heads of ACAs meeting acts as a focal point for the network, providing a forum through which Heads have peer-reviewed country anti-corruption reports and shared transferable experiences through south-south cooperation and peer learning. Meetings have so far been held in Botswana in 2011, in Zambia in 2012, in Mauritius in 2013 and in Ghana in 2014.

The Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre (CAACC) was formally established in Gaborone in February 2013 by the Commonwealth Secretariat, in partnership with the Government of Botswana and the Association of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa. The Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Government of Botswana under the auspices of the Agreement to operationalise the Association of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa sets out five areas of operation for the Centre.

  1. Support Commonwealth members of the Network by facilitating the exchange of information concerning the practices and procedures used to combat corruption
  2. Provide training, mentoring, guidance and other forms of practical collaboration between Commonwealth states
  3. Interface with regional Anti-Corruption Agencies and other non-African countries of the Commonwealth to offer leadership in combatting corruption
  4. Commission research and policy papers relevant to Commonwealth Governments, universities, research institutions and the wider donor community
  5. Assist in regional sharing through the exchange or secondment of experts between Commonwealth member states
Goal

To strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre in delivery of its mandates in anti-corruption training and research. 

Impact

Anti-corruption Agencies would be equipped to prevent, detect and prosecute corrupt practices leading to improved Anti-Corruption service delivery and contributing to reduction in corruption.

Outputs

The project is expected to deliver the following outputs:

  1. International standard Anti-corruption courses developed and rolled out to appropriate staff across the region
  2. Appropriate CAACC/DCEC staff trained to design and implement programmes independently
  3. Expanded research programme established
  4. Research and policy papers commissioned
  5. Training and working manuals (investigation, prosecution and public education) developed and rolled out
  6. Improved Reporting and management systems in place and functioning effectively
  7. Twinning relationship established with suitable Commonwealth anti-corruption training institution.