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Strengthening Lesotho's Directorate of Corruption and Economic Offences

The Government of Lesotho requested technical assistance to strengthen the operational and policy framework of the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) to more effectively execute its mandate.

Country: Lesotho
Host: Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO)
Start date: 30/01/2013
End date: 30/06/2015
Policy areas: Governance and Natural Resources, and Rule of Law
Policy experts: Shadrach Haruna and Roger Koranteng
Project manager: Tim Newman

Goal

This project aims to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to strengthen the operational and policy framework of the Directorate of Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO) to more effectively execute its mandate.

This will be achieved through the support and reinforcing of three key strategic areas:

  1. Public education and corruption prevention 
  2. Investigation 
  3. Prosecution
Outputs
  1. The implementation paper, outlining the DCEO strategy and phased institutional development has been approved by the Cabinet.
  2. A draft of the Prevention of Corruption and Economic Offences (Amendment) Bill has been presented to the Attorney General for final review before it is passed to parliament for enactment.
  3. A central records and intelligence system has been designed and is being operationalised manually.
  4. Training has been provided for educators, preventors and investigators. 
  5. Terms of reference for a public perception survey has been prepared and agreed.
  6. The Transparency International Corruption Perception Index shows Lesotho's rating has improved, from 89th in 2009 to 55th in 2014 with a score of 49.