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Tackling corruption: governance and the public sector


The Commonwealth Secretariat promotes the strengthening of public administrations and achievement of good governance and national development in our member countries.

We provide assistance to anti-corruption and public procurement agencies, assist with national and regional co-ordination, and ensure the implementation of robust financial management standards.

“We have the convening power to bring Heads of Government and organisations together to help fight corruption” - Dr Roger Koranteng, Governance and Anti-Corruption Adviser, Commonwealth Secretariat

Anti-corruption associations in Africa and the Caribbean

The Commonwealth Secretariat brought together the heads of African national anti-corruption agencies in 2011 to establish the Association of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa, a community of practitioners.

The agency heads from 18 countries peer-review anti-corruption initiatives, benchmark their performance and exchange best practices. Bilateral agreements that have resulted include a mutual assistance agreement between Ghana and Nigeria to combat trans-border crimes in West Africa.

In a similar mould, Caribbean countries came together in 2015 to establish the Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies in the Commonwealth Caribbean.

The new association, composed of agencies from 12 countries, supports cross-border co-operation and knowledge exchange. Under its auspices, Jamaica’s Office of the Contractor General is now sharing its investigative tools, compliance systems and procedures with Grenada’s Integrity Commission. 

Pictured: Dr Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada greets Commonwealth Secretariat Governance and Anti-Corruption Adviser Roger Koranteng at the first Commonwealth Regional Conference for Heads of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies in the Caribbean, in June 2015.

The Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre

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.Find out more

Policy and Research

Our current research includes :

  • ‘Islands of Success: Combatting Corruption in Africa’ - A research project into six top-performing countries - Botswana, Mauritius, Seychelles, Lesotho, Namibia and Rwanda - to better understand the factors which have contributed to their relative success in tackling corruption.  The findings of the research will be documented and policy recommendations shared.
  • Policy and Procedure Benchmarking and Gap Analysis Project - A diagnostic benchmarking and assessment exercise to help the Commonwealth Secretariat, governments and development partners identify policy and procedural gaps in anti-corruption frameworks. 

Our anti-corruption work also encompasses: