Burkina Faso aims to strengthen its national anti-corruption institution

 These activities were funded by Denmark

Two workshops were held on 6-7 July and 17-18 August 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to validate the texts governing its main anti-corruption institution ( "Autorité supérieure de contrôle d'Etat", referred to hereafter as ASCE).

Sixty people from the government, private sector and civil society, as well as representatives from sister anti-corruption institutions in Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Niger and Senegal, attended the workshops organized by the ASCE with UNODC support.

The Burkinabe anti-corruption body underwent a peer review in April 2015 conducted by experts from UNODC and sister organisations in the region. This assessment revealed the need for the ASCE to align itself with international standards of anti-corruption institutions.

As such, the main objective of these workshops was to reorganize the ASCE through an updated constitution promoting more efficient processes and greater effectiveness in the fight against corruption.

 
Workshop participants

The text adopted by the participants at the end of the workshops will be presented to the Burkinabe government and the National Transition Council, who will then act to make the institution more operational. These efforts aim to reinvigorate the fight against corruption and related offenses in Burkina Faso, in order to safeguard the common good.

Among the key measures are the establishment of whistle-blowers protection mechanisms, a five year limit for the head of the ASCE's mandate, and a recruiting process based exclusively on professional examinations.

Prime Minister Mr Yacouba Isaac Sida reminded the audience in his closing statement that "the fight against corruption and related offenses is a major concern of the Burkinabé people." Moreover, he expressed a "strong political will to spread a culture of rejection of corruption in Burkina Faso."

All of these innovative proposals aim to establish a strong, independent and committed national institution. UNODC regularly supports the implementation of new legislation aimed at tackling corruption in Burkina Faso and elsewhere. These workshops were made possible thanks to the financial contribution from Denmark.

For more information:

United Nations Convention against Corruption

United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

UNODC Contribution to the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel