Joint initiative by UNODC and CAMES introduces the anti-corruption agenda in Central and West African universities' curricula

Acknowledging the pervasive and destabilizing effects brought along by corruption, UNODC met on 2-4 June 2015 with thirty university teachers from thirteen West and Central African countries in Doha, Qatar. During the three day workshop, participants explored various ways of integrating the anti-corruption agenda into the curricula of African universities. Supported by the Doha-based Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center, the event also featured representatives from the African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES).

The workshop was the realization of a partnership between UNODC and a number of knowledge driven institutions, dubbed the Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative (ACAD). ACAD aims to produce a multilingual and comprehensive set of support tools (including modules, syllabi, case studies and reference material) for universities to integrate in their academic programs. Corruption is a topic examined in a variety of academic fields such law, business, criminology or political science - yet there is little uniformity in the way it is presented.

UNODC experts and workshop participants

As such, participants at the workshop laid the foundations of a multidisciplinary template class on anti-corruption, centered on the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and its applications. Additionally, the potential synergies that would result from an increased collaboration between international organizations and universities were also highlighted. The final declaration (available in French here) calls for bodies such as UNODC and UNESCO to further collaborate with West and Central African Universities. In this context, a follow up meeting hosted by CAMES will take place next month in Libreville, Gabon.

As the official guardian of UNCAC, and as a contributor to the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel (UNISS), UNODC routinely delivers capacity building exercises aimed at curbing corruption across sectors and industries. This workshop in particular was made possible thanks to the financial support of the government of Denmark.

Further information:

Anti-Corruption Academic Initiative

United Nations Convention against Corruption

UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel

UNODC Contribution to the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel