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Strengthening public sector governance

People rely on the public sector to deliver services, from policing to hospitals and schools. The public sector manages national resources, regulates companies, collects taxes and distributes pensions and other benefits to citizens.

Efficient service delivery in the public sector depends on institutions committing to principles and processes which reinforce integrity, transparency and accountability.

Commonwealth action

The Commonwealth Secretariat works with national authorities to uphold transparency and accountability in public services. Special emphasis is paid to strengthening administrations and financial management systems in small and less developed countries.

We bring together ministries of finance, cabinet secretaries and civil service heads in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific to learn from each other, for example at the Commonwealth Ministers for Public Service Forum.

We have built global and regional networks, such as the Commonwealth Pacific Central Agencies Network, Commonwealth Public Procurement Network, and Commonwealth associations of anti-corruption agencies in both Africa and the Caribbean.

Together with the Government of Botswana, we set up the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre to assist countries with capacity-building in corruption prevention, investigations, forensics and prosecutions. Learn more about our anti-corruption work

In addition, we have helped to strengthen domestic legal frameworks by promoting the Commonwealth’s Model Law on Integrity in Public Life.

Global value

Our work has helped to increase integrity in public sector decision-making and financial management in Commonwealth member countries, the effect of which - in terms of setting best practice and making countries more attractive for investment - is felt the world over.

In promoting good governance, we are helping countries secure growth and poverty alleviation, because effective institutions, sound financial management and integrity in public office make for better public services.