To fast-track effective implementation of the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) four regional platforms have been created across the world.

The platforms are comprised of eight to eleven countries of a same region which now focus on strengthening their anti-corruption measures in identified priority areas. Based on an analysis of needs, each regional platform has identified four thematic areas as regional priorities. Activities are designed to advance countries’ efforts to implement UNCAC in those priority areas.

The project with its regional platform approach is catalytic in nature seeking both to identify gaps in existing initiatives to implement UNCAC in the target regions and to coordinate with and complement ongoing work. An important element of the project is to build relationships and synergies with other programmes and development partners.

The Regional Platform South America and Mexico includes ten countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. It was created in May 2019

The Regional Platform Eastern Africa comprises eight countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Uganda. It was created in February 2017.

The Regional Platform Southeast Asia includes eleven countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam. It was created in February 2017.

The Regional Platform Southern Africa includes eight countries: Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was created in October 2019.

Civil society engagement

Article 13 of the UNCAC calls on State Parties to promote the active participation of civil society in the fight against corruption. The UNODC Civil Society Unit is building the capacity of CSOs to ensure they have the knowledge to constructively work with their respective governments through the Regional Platforms in various anti-corruption initiatives.

The increased participation and exposure of civil society has led to a growing recognition of the mutual benefits rather than the mere box-ticking requirement for their involvement.
CSOs’ are increasingly transitioning from an outside voice for change to a partner working with governments and the private sector.

CSOs contributed to the anti-corruption recommendations agreed by Governments on fast-tracking UNCAC implementation in the coming years in the four regional platforms, making this regional approach fertile for more civil society-government collaboration on policy and implementations. ... more


Please explore each of the platform pages to see the specific work undertaken to transform the regional recommendations into reality.