WHY WE HAVE AN MSWG?

— Corruption Free Africa

The idea of a MSWG on Combatting Corruption in Africa, comes at a time when the continent is still haemorrhaging over 50 billion dollars to rampant graft, which has a detrimental impact on the development of the African continent. Despite the plethora of efforts deployed to combat corruption, it remains an endemic problem in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Anti-corruption polices that have been pronounced upon have not been operationalized. Laws that have been enacted to promote transparency and public accountability have been flouted. Fundamental regulations and cardinal principles that serve as triggers to unlocking the barriers to exposing corruption, such as: access to information; whistle blower protection; and asset declaration have still not found their way into the statute books of many AU member states.

Corruption in the East African Community, which is struggling to adopt a regional Protocol on Combatting Corruption, is unbridled with a high degree of theft in the public sector. High-profile corruption cases have come to light in the region. Some have been channelled through the proper authorities, and outcomes and findings have been made public. Most have simply been smothered by executive orders, or have become entangled in convoluted legal and political processes that seem never-ending.

Despite the fact that East African countries have anti- corruption institutions and legal frameworks that are in place, including ratifications of the African Convention on Combatting Corruption, widespread theft and abuse of state resources remains a problem.
The MSWG will be able to take advantage of the momentum created by various initiatives in the region to stem corruption and the singular efforts of Tanzania to reduce misappropriation of resources in the country.

FILE - In this Saturday Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, voters wait in line to vote outside a polling station in the Kroo Bay neighborhood of Freetown, Sierra Leone. A new poll of Africans in 34 countries across the continent finds that nearly one-third of people have been forced to pay bribes, according to a report released Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 by the Afrobarometer project. The West African nation of Sierra Leone fared the worst overall, with 63 percent of respondents saying they'd paid up at least once in the previous year. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

FILE – In this Saturday Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, voters wait in line to vote outside a polling station in the Kroo Bay neighborhood of Freetown, Sierra Leone. A new poll of Africans in 34 countries across the continent finds that nearly one-third of people have been forced to pay bribes, according to a report released Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 by the Afrobarometer project. The West African nation of Sierra Leone fared the worst overall, with 63 percent of respondents saying they’d paid up at least once in the previous year. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Focus Areas:
MSWG focuses its efforts on elevating transparency and accountability within the Eastern Africa Region. We prioritize our work in the following areas:

  • Strand ONE
    Conducting campaigns on the ratifications and domestication of the AUCPCC and ACDEG , engaging with the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) , and identifying anti-corruption champions;
  • Strand TWO
    Promoting investigative journalism and providing training to the media;
  • Strand FOUR
    Litigation, promoting the model law and its implementation (PAP) with support from APNAC; monitoring the process of the EAC draft protocol on combatting corruption; and highlighting access to Information laws
  • Strand FIVE
    Communication/outreach and Technology

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