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.
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.
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.
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, French, Russian, and an abridged version in Portuguese.
You can also access our leaflet "Fighting Corruption Together" showing cases of engagement.
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.
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.