Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa annual meeting

The annual conference and meeting for heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa took place in Swakopmund, Namibia from 31 May to 4 June 2016, and was officially opened by the President of Namibia His Excellency Dr Hage Geingob. The meeting was organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat in collaboration with Namibia’s Anti-Corruption Commission.

The meeting provides a platform for sharing information on emerging innovations and best practices, experiences and challenges faced in the fight against corruption. This year delegates also presented on learning exercises they undertook to other agencies, activities undertaken, outcomes of the visits, reflections and lessons learnt. 

This year’s external presenters included:

-          Mr Julian Johnson , Former Chairman , Integrity Commission, Dominica who spoke about Anti-Corruption efforts in the Commonwealth Caribbean

-          Mr. John I. Gbodi from African Union Commission- AU and the fight against corruption in Africa: Accomplishments, challenges and prospects

-          Mr. John Batidam, Chairperson of the AU Advisory Board on Corruption- Challenges of fighting corruption in Africa and strategies for overcoming them

-          Mr. Charles Ayamdoo, President of the Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities in Africa- Activities of the Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities in Africa (AAACA)

-          Dr. Tapiwa Nyasulu from Transparency International Secretariat-Partner exchanges amongst civil society organisations

-          Mr. Nicolas Le Moignan of The International Governance and Risk Institute- Achieving impact in Anti-Corruption Project

-          Mr. Ken Brander of Clarium Fraud and Compliance Solutions –Diagnostic Benchmarking Assessment Exercise of ACAs to identify agency’s strengths and gaps

-          This year’s conference theme is “Partner Exchanges and Peer-to-Peer Engagements in the Fight against Corruption”. 

The theme for the conference was ‘Partner Exchanges and Peer-to-Peer Engagements in the Fight against Corruption’.  Malawi is the host of next years’ meeting.