History

The Commonwealth Africa Anti Corruption Centre (CAACC) was launched on the 25th February 2013 in Gaborone as a partnership between the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Government of Botswana, which is the host country; and Heads of Anti Corruption Agencies of the 19 Commonwealth African Countries (Botswana, Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia).

Prior to that, in May 2011 at the 1st conference of Heads of Anti- Corruption Agencies in Commonwealth Africa, the idea of the Association of Anti- Corruption Agencies in Africa Commonwealth was conceptualized.  This was after the Heads agreed on the need for strengthening anti corruption agencies, and the promotion of regional network of the agencies.

The following year (2012) saw the heads meeting in Zambia, and it was there that the idea of setting up a Secretariat was borne.  Member countries were invited to make an expression of interest in hosting the Secretariat with the support of their Governments.

Botswana’s proposal was considered the best and was hence chosen to be the host.  However, the Commonwealth Secretariat deemed it fit to change from a Secretariat to a Centre, as the latter has more functions.  The Centre was subsequently launched in Gaborone on the 25th February 2013.