Why are we doing this?
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 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 statue books of many AU member states. Corruption in the East African Community, which is struggling to adopt a regional Protocol on Combatting Corruption, has high degree of theft in 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. But most have simply been smothered by executive orders, or have become entangled in convoluted 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, unbridled theft and abuse of state resources remains a problem.
Who are we?
Our hypothesis for change is that, given strong motivation from a diverse group of actors within an African sub-region, it is possible to build pressure at the level of the sub-regional body, or REC level, to strengthen national-level action against corruption. The MSWG Eastern Africa region currently has 10 organisations namely: Advisory Board on Corruption Secretariat; Africa Centre for Open Governance; Africa Regional Office-OSF; Transparency International; Black Monday Movement; Centre for Citizens' Participation on the African Union; East African Association of Anti-Corruption Agencies; East Africa Civil Society Organizations' Forum; Pan African Lawyers Union; Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARa); Commonwealth Africa Anti- Corruption Centre (CAACC); Radio Veritas. The Steering Committee, which is elected by the MSWG, oversees specific implementation of the priority areas. The National Focal Points (NFPs) would provide linkage for national level to regional level anti-corruption efforts. The NFPs would be the drivers of national initiative or activities being targeted in specific countries. They would also recruit champions for regional initiatives such as ratification, policy implementations etc …
MSWG focuses its efforts on elevating transparency and accountability within the Eastern Africa Region. We prioritize our work in the following areas:
Strand ONE- or drop down
Campaigns AUCPCC and ACDEG ratifications and domestication EALA engagement identifying champion;
Litigation; model law presentation and implementation (PAP) with support from APNAC; EAC draft protocol on combatting corruption; Access to Information laws
Communication/outreach and Technology