During the African Union’s 30th Assembly meeting, held 22-29 January this year in Addis Ababa, African leaders launched 2018 as the ‘Year for Combating Corruption’.
Adopting the theme “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”, this show of commitment will address the urgent need to fight the corruption that creates serious socio-economic and political challenges throughout the continent. Such challenges are hindering efforts to promote democratic governance, socio-economic transformation, peace and security, and the enjoyment of human rights within the AU Member States.
While recognising that there has indeed been ongoing socio-economic growth in recent decades, many citizens are nevertheless deeply concerned and affected by the growing inequalities driven by corruption. It is also recognised that often it is women who are more exposed to corruption and its consequences; they form the majority of the global poor and are therefore the most vulnerable in society.
This Anti-Corruption Year can therefore provide the opportunity to really examine the progress made so far and assess what needs to be done in the future, establishing appropriate strategies to fight corruption going forward.
Such a commitment is a serious responsibility for each State to ensure the necessary measures are implemented, and requires the involvement of civil society, NGOs, the media, the private sector and of course citizens.
Ghana has already shown real engagement to tackle corruption throughout the country, including the adoption of the the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) and the current process of putting in place a Special Prosecutor for Corruption. The Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme is committed to supporting and strengthening the Government’s efforts, alongside key partner organisations throughout the country.