Transparency International, in collaboration with the African Development Bank and the African Union, is hosting a 'Regional Learning Workshop on National Strategies for Combating Corruption', currently being held at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 27 to 30 January.
The gathering, which will bring together delegations from ten English-speaking African countries, is designed to draw from the regional and global expertise of the three partner institutions in various aspects of combating corruption.
The main objective of the workshop is to assist participants develop a framework for a National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan. It would also help them strengthen the implementation prospects of existing strategies; and to better identify resource and capacity constraints in the fight against corruption.
Each country delegation will consist of a mix of practitioners, advocates and policy makers from specialised anti-corruption agencies, senior policy makers from the ministries of justice and finance, elected members of parliament, the private sector, the media and other elements of civil society. In addition to subject specialists from TI, the ADB, and AU, recognized experts from the World Bank Institute (WBI), the Global Coalition for Africa (GCA), and six African countries with a National Strategy & Action Plans will attend the workshop as resource persons. Bilateral partners with regional and global experience in this area will also be on hand to share their experience.
Participants are expected to reach consensus on a framework for developing a National Anti-Corruption Strategy & Action Plan, with a view to systematically address the corruption challenge, improve efficiency and effectiveness, enhance cross-border cooperation and reduce duplication among bilateral and multilateral partners in their support for combating corruption.
The ten participating countries are from Egypt, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland. Resource persons come from Uganda, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Ghana.
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