The main objective of undertaking research in the Centre is supported by the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre Strategic Plan 2013-2017 Output 4: Anti-Corruption Agencies’ knowledge services and monitoring and evaluation improved (activity 4.2: Commission research papers on corruption). It outlines research as one of the activities to be undertaken by the Centre in order to address challenges in combating corruption.

Specifically, the CAACC will commission research and policy papers that in addition to their value to the Agencies will provide highly relevant information to Commonwealth Governments, universities, research institutions and the wider donor community.

There is a need to gather information on corruption in Commonwealth Africa and use that information to develop new and effective strategies as well as policies. Currently, the following challenges exist across members of the Network:

  • There are a limited number of baseline surveys that have been carried out to determine the levels of corruption in Commonwealth Africa
  • No comprehensive research has been carried out to assess the shortcomings in each member’s anti-corruption legislation
  • No coordinated effort to exchange and share information to combat corruption between members
  • Lack of in-depth information whether the  political climate in members of the network supports anti-corruption initiatives
  • Inadequate funding and expertise to carry out comprehensive research



There above challenges clearly demonstrate that there is a need for a platform where anti-corruption practitioners in Commonwealth Africa need to be made aware of the challenges and success being made by other counter parts. All successes must be shared with a common goal to strengthen the capacity of anti-corruption agencies in Commonwealth Africa thereby reducing corruption to an absolute minimum.

Sharing of successes will be addressed through the facilitation of twinning which is where one anti-corruption agency will provide relevant technical assistance and advice by bringing together agencies with an identified weakness with another agency that has a strength or comparable advantage in this area.