Police forces of Sahel States commit to the fight against corruption

UNODC organized a regional workshop focused on the police and the fight against corruption in the Sahel in Niamey, Niger, on 13 and 14 October 2015, in order to strengthen national and regional cooperation between the different authorities charged with leading the fight against the crime and increasing integrity within the respective police forces. Read more

Burkina Faso aims to strengthen its national anti-corruption institution

Two workshops were held on 6-7 July and 17-18 August 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to amend the texts governing its main anti-corruption institution. The main objective was to update and validate the constitution of the " Autorité Supérieure de Contrôle d'Etat" in order to increase efficiency and effectiveness in Burkina Faso's fight against corruption. Read More

Mali assesses its national anti-corruption legislation

While Mali ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption on 18 April 2008, its self-assessment, delayed by armed conflicts, took place between 28-31 July 2015 during a workshop supported by UNODC. Among those present were the Minister of Labour of Mali, Ms Diarra Raky Talla, and the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Mr Mahamadou Diarra. Read More

West and Central African journalists meet to establish CENOZO

On 8-9 July 2015, UNODC brought together eighteen journalists from West and Central Africa to formally establish the Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism in West Africa. CENOZO will aim to actively promote investigative journalism in West Africa on topics such as corruption, organized crime, bad governance, and violations of human rights. Read More

Guinea assesses its national anti-corruption legislation with UNODC support

Guinea's National Anti-Corruption Agency, currently established by decree, as been described as relying on a thin legal basis. Furthermore, the Guinean penal code has yet to align itself with the UN Convention against Corruption. In this context, Guinea initiated a self-assessment during a workshop that took place on 27-29 May 2015.  Read More

NACIWA adopts a new constitution

On 8-9 June 2015, a general assembly of the Network of Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa took place in Bamako, Mali. The meeting aimed to amend its constitution and explore the linkages between drug trafficking, organized crime and corruption. Representatives from anti-corruption institutions, the African Development Bank and UNODC were present. Read More

UNODC and CAMES initiative introduces the anti-corruption agenda in African universities

Acknowledging the destabilizing effects brought along by corruption, UNODC met on 2-4 June 2015 with university teachers from West and Central Africa in Doha, Qatar. During the workshop, participants explored various ways of integrating the anti-corruption agenda into the curricula of African universities. The workshop was the result of a partnership between UNODC and a number of knowledge driven institutions. Read More

UNODC assists Senegal in its fight against money-laundering

In recent years, West Africa has become one of the most important poles of transnational organized crime and money-laundering. In this context, UNODC delivered an intensive training which ended on 22 May in Dakar on financial investigation to Senegalese law enforcement authorities, built around training modules, workshops, thematic sessions and practical exercises.  Read More

Nigerien authorities collaborate with UNODC in their fight against corruption

Corruption in the Sahel region is both a cause and a consequence of a range of criminal activities. As the guardian of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, UNODC collaborated with HALCIA, Niger's official anti-corruption body, by providing a series of workshops and recommendations aimed at fighting corruption. The activities took place on 5-11 May 2015. Read More

Senegal assesses the compliance of its anti-corruption legislation with UNCAC

On 17 April 2015, Senegal finalized the preparatory work for the self-assessment of its anti-corruption legislation in the context of the review mechanism of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Participants included representatives from the National Office for the Fight against Fraud and Corruption, various ministries, oversight institutions, civil society and other stakeholders. Read More (Version française)

NACIWA elects new Executive Committee and adopts a strategic plan (2015-2017)

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 Keïta

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 Mr. Issoufou Boureima (President); Mr. James Verdier Jr. (Vice-President); Ms. Nafy Ngom Keïta (Secretary); and Mr. Shollay Davies (Finance Secretary).  Read More   (Version française)

UNODC consolidates West African anti-corruption efforts in Niamey

On 26-27 February, 13 national anti-corruption authorities from West African countries gathered in a conference in Niamey, bringing together heads of anti-corruption institutions for the first time since 2012. The conference connected investigators, developped a strategic plan for the region and supported the new ECOWAS Network of Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa. Read More (Version française)

Consensus achieved on a draft anti-corruption bill in Niger with UNODC support

Anti-corruption officials in Niger achieved consensus on proposals related to draft anti-corruption legislation that is poised to be adopted by the Council of Ministers and the National Assembly in 2015. This result was achieved at a workshop organized by the HALCIA and UNODC held in Niamey, Niger, from 15 to 17 December 2014. Read More (Version française)

Students, civil society and government together to celebrate 9 December

The International Day against Corruption was celebrated at the University of Dakar, Senegal, through a regional forum organized by UNODC in partnership with CERAG, the OFNAC and the Faculty of law and Political Science. The theme of the Forum was: "Sanctioning acts of corruption in Africa: Current situation and challenges" Read More (Version française)

Investigative journalism in the Sahel: a critical role in tackling corruption and organized crime

A regional workshop on investigating and reporting corruption on organized crime in the Sahel was held in Saly, Senegal, from 24 to 27 November 2014. The four-day workshop allowed renowned journalists from 14 countries in West Africa to exchange on the disastrous effects of corruption and drug trafficking and the centrality of investigative journalism in the process of helping to bring those responsible to justice. Read More (Version française)