UNODC & CIVIL SOCIETY

Civil Society Fighting Corruption

The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) recognizes the role of civil society in preventing and combating corruption under Article 13, by calling on governments to increase transparency, improve public access to information and to promote public contributions to the government decision-making process. Article 13 also recognises the role of civil society to raise public awareness regarding the existence, causes and gravity of and the threat posed by corruption.

The Civil Society Unit (CSU) bolsters the capacity and engagement of civil society, especially from developing countries, by delivering trainings to CSOs on UNCAC and its review mechanism. The CSU also supports CSO engagement in intergovernmental meetings and provides the necessary tools for them to work constructively with their governments and the private sector on UNCAC implementation.

News

Integrity Project, a coalition against corruption in Namibia
The WhatsOn member Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) launched anti-corruption project - Integrity Namibia, with the aim of tackling corruption. It will involve civil society organisations, private sector, media and others to create anti-corruption coalition. Read about their Impact Story.
 
National efforts coalesce to follow-up on UNCAC implementation and reviews in North Macedonia
UNODC coordinated non-state actors, including civil society and the private sector at a recent workshop, to aid in the effective implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in Southeast Europe. Read more here.

Grants for Civil Society

The CSU's grants schemes aim to help develop and complement innovative projects and ideas on anti-corruption, specifically on the UNCAC implementation.

The CSU alongside the Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative are currently sponsoring a grant programme entitled The Best Anti-Corruption Public Awareness Initiatives. CSOs in Southeast Europe are being supported in raising awareness about the implementation of UNCAC in specific thematic areas, including strengthening partnerships with local public institutions and the private sector to form CSO-public-private partnership.

A full report on the 13 CSOs grant projects sponsored in the Fast-tracking UNCAC project in Eastern Africa, Southeast Asia and South America and Mexico is available here.

E-Platforms

The online knowledge hub WhatsOn is a platform designed to bring together relevant stakeholders in the fight against transnational organized crime as well as corruption.

Additionally, our partners at the UNCAC Coalition, coordinate interactive e-platforms for Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Southeast Europe accessible here. CSOs can increase their impact by sharing experiences and corruption-monitoring methodologies, building partnerships and exchanging updates about the status of UNCAC reviews through these platforms.

Fast-tracking UNCAC Implementation website
The project enabled the creation of four Regional Platforms across the world of governments and civil society working together in South East Asia, Eastern Africa, South America and Mexico as well as in Southern Africa to effectively implement the UNCAC in support of SDG 16. Find out more here.

Publications and Tools

To provide guidance and assistance for the prevention of and fight against corruption, UNODC has developed several tools, manuals and publications.

Civil society assessments were undertaken in each of the Fast-tracking UNCAC Implementation regional platforms. Read them for Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, South America & Mexico, and East Africa. See an animated video on the project below.

You can access our latest guide "Civil Society for Development: Opportunities through the United Nations Convention against Corruption" in English, FrenchRussian, and an abridged version in Portuguese.

You can also access our leaflet "Fighting Corruption Together" showing cases of engagement. 

Workshops

Through multi-stakeholder workshops, regional conferences and roundtable discussions, UNODC engages CSOs, governments and the private sector in a constructive dialogue and sharing of experiences, lessons learned and good practices regarding anti-corruption and UNCAC review mechanism implementation.

Civil society efforts contribute to strengthening public procurement and whistle-blower protection systems in Southern Africa
There was strong civil society representation at two back-to-back regional workshops on “Transforming societies through anti-corruption innovation in public procurement and whistle-blower protection Conference”. 18 civil society organizations (CSOs) from all eight Southern African countries participated in Cape Town, South Africa, from 7 to 10 February 2022. Read more.

Events

CSOs have the opportunity to participate in and conduct events on the margins of the sessions of the Vienna-based intergovernmental bodies, and other relevant meetings, such as the sessions of the Conference of the States Parties to UNCAC. The most recent and upcoming are:

COSP 9 - Special Event "Strengthening civil society role in anti-corruption in Uzbekistan". Read the full story here.

COSP 9 - Special Event "Regional Programme Southeast Europe – Together Against Corruption (SEE-TAC)". Read the full story here.

COSP 9 - Special Event "Civil Society Champions against Corruption: Showcasing regional best practices". Read the full story here.