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Strengthening public sector governance

People rely on the public sector to deliver serviceslike hospitals, schools and police. The public sector also does things like regulate companies, collect taxes and distributepensions and other benefits to citizens.

To deliver good services institutions need principles and processes that reinforce integrity, transparency and accountability.

Commonwealth action

The Commonwealth works with national authorities to uphold transparency and accountability in public services.  We pay particular attention to strengthening anti-corruption agencies, and public administration and financial management systems in small and less developed countries.

We bring together heads of national anti-corruption institutions, cabinet secretaries and civil service heads in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific to learn from each other, at meetings like the Commonwealth Ministers for Public Service Forum.

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

Together with the Government of Botswana, we set up the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre to help countries develop their skills in corruption prevention, investigations, forensics and prosecutions.

Results of our work

The value of our work has been recognised around the world. In 2018 we won the International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award.

Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Indices show 9 that of the 10 least corrupt countries in Africa are members of the Commonwealth. In the Caribbeandata shows Commonwealth countries are perceived as less corrupt than their non-Commonwealth neighbours.

More information

Commonwealth Ministers for Public Service Forum.

Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre

Learn more about our anti-corruption work

Upcoming events

From 25-29 January, 2021, we are hosting an Advanced Training Programme in Government Performance Management covering all key aspects of performance management. The course is inspired by our understanding of the important social and economic developmental gains to be made by improving government effectiveness. Enhanced delivery of public services and effective implementation of public policies, programmes and projects affects the welfare of all citizens.