The Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA) elects new Executive Committee and adopts a strategic plan (2015-2017) with support from UNODC

On 13 March 2015, the Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA) elected a new Executive Committee at their General Assembly Meeting convened by ECOWAS in Abuja, Nigeria. The new Executive Committee is constituted by:

  • President: Mr. Issoufou Boureima, President of the High Authority Against Corruption and Related Offences (HALCIA), Niger
  • Vice-President: Mr. James Verdier Jr., Chairman of the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Liberia
  • Secretary: Ms. Nafy Ngom Keïta, President of the National Office for the Fight against Fraud and Corruption (OFNAC), Senegal
  • Finance Secretary: Mr. Shollay Davies, Deputy Commissioner, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Sierra Leone

Executive Committee of the Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (from left to right): Mr. Shollay Davies; Mr. James Verdier Jr; Mr. Issoufou Boureima; Ms. Nafy Ngom KeïtaThe General Assembly Meeting of NACIWA brought together national anti-corruption institutions from 14 ECOWAS Member States in West Africa and adopted a new strategic plan (2015-2017) developed in partnership with UNODC. UNODC provided technical support throughout the meeting, as well as ahead, notably through the Regional Conference on Anti-Corruption in West-Africa (26-27 February 2015), which laid the groundwork for the NACIWA General Assembly Meeting.

The ECOWAS Director of Political Affairs, Dr. Remi Ajibewa, thanked UNODC for its valuable support and vowed to continue close collaboration. The new NACIWA Executive Committee set out several key objectives, including the creation of an online platform for NACIWA members to exchange information, the establishment of a functional and operational secretariat, the launch of a NACIWA Anti-Corruption Academy in Abuja, Nigeria, and the mobilisation of resources (apart from annual membership contributions of $2,000 per member). The next NACIWA meeting will be held in June 2015 in Bamako, Mali.

Apart from the NACIWA General Assembly Meeting, delegates also took part in a Roundtable on Whistle-blower protection organised by ECOWAS on 11-12 March 2015. The UNODC Anti-Corruption Advisor, Mr. Samuel De Jaegere, noted that “less than a handful of countries in West Africa currently have whistle-blower protection legislation on the books”. He also presented lessons learned and key issues to be considered in developing norms on whistle-blowing. The UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) encourages States parties to provide protection for whistle-blowers against unjustified treatment. In that light, many countries have requested technical assistance to develop appropriate legal frameworks.

The NACIWA strategic plan (2015-2017) is available here.

For more information:

UNODC's Action against Corruption and Economic Crime

United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)