This Anti-Corruption Platform for Sub-Saharan Africa provides a platform to showcase civil society organizations working on anti-corruption, in particular through activities around UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and its review process.
Organizations can share their work and contact information on their respective profile page. Through a dedicated email list and regular calls, organizations that are part of the platform discuss best practice approaches, coordinate advocacy activities, update each other on relevant developments and learn from each other’s experiences.
Not all CSOs listed on this platform are members of the UNCAC Coalition.
View status of the UNCAC Second Cycle Review and available documents by selecting a country from the map below:
By clicking on the country, you can access the documents available from the Second Cycle Review of the UNCAC. The key for the review status is as follows:
- Green – Second Cycle Review complete
- Blue – probably ongoing
- Yellow – ongoing
- Red – not started
Best Practice in UNCAC Review Transparency
The following countries have voluntarily published their:
- Full country report: Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Eswatini, Kenya, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania
- Self-assessment checklist: Mauritius, Nigeria
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs): 101
- Benin (2)
- Botswana (3)
- Burkina Faso (2)
- Burundi (2)
- Cameroon (1)
- Cape Verde (1)
- Chad (1)
- Comoros (1)
- Congo (1)
- DR Congo (5)
- Côte d’Ivoire (5)
- Djibouti (1)
- Ethiopia (2)
- Gabon (1)
- Gambia (1)
- Ghana (1)
- Kenya (4)
- Lesotho (2)
- Liberia (3)
- Libya (1)
- Madagascar (1)
- Malawi (8)
- Mali (1)
- Mauritius (2)
- Mozambique (4)
- Namibia (2)
- Niger (2)
- Nigeria (6)
- Integrity Organization
- Society for the Widows and Orphans
- United Voice of Badagry People Initiative
- Children and Young People Living for Peace
- Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch*
- 21st Century Community Empowerment for Youth and Women Initiative (CEYWI)
- Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre)
- Regional (1)
- Rwanda (1)
- Senegal (5)
- Sierra Leone (3)
- Somalia (1)
- South Africa (4)
- South Sudan (3)
- Tanzania (3)
- Togo (2)
- Uganda (4)
- Yemen (1)
- Zambia (2)
- Zimbabwe (5)
*UNCAC Coalition members
Call for applications: Support for CSO Contributions to the UNCAC Implementation Review
The UNCAC Coalition offers support to CSOs that want to become involved in and contribute to the UNCAC implementation review process in their respective country. We particularly encourage CSOs to produce parallel civil society reports and follow-up reports. Find more information here.
- Publication of civil society report on Burundi, 24 October 2023
- Publication of civil society report on Ethiopia, 24 May 2023
- Publication of civil society report on The Gambia, 31 August 2022
- Publication of civil society report on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 25 March 2022
- Publication of civil society report on Liberia, 10 March 2022
- Publication of civil society report on Togo, 9 March 2022
- Publication of civil society report on Uganda, 14 December 2021
- Publication of civil society report on Ghana, 3 November 2021
- Publication of civil society report on Madagascar, 13 August 2021
- Publication of civil society report on Zimbabwe, 8 March 2021
- Publication of civil society report on Benin, 10 May 2021
UNCAC Review Mechanism
Find out more about the UNCAC review mechanism and how you can contribute here.
Selected activities and articles of interest for the Africa Regional Platform:
- 10th Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Meeting: Focus on UNCAC Coalition Tools, 12 May 2023
- 9th Regional UNCAC Coalition Meeting for Sub-Saharan Africa – Sextortion: The Anatomy of a Secretive Form of Corruption, 22 December 2022
- 8th Regional Meeting for Sub-Saharan Africa: Funding of Candidatures for Elected Public Office and the Funding of Political Parties – Where are we now?, 27 October 2022
- 7th Sub-Saharan Africa regional meeting discusses Political and Public Integrity: What does the 2021 UNGASS Political Declaration say?, 21 July 2022
- Sixth Sub-Saharan Africa regional meeting tackles Transparency and Accountability in the Extractive Industries, 24 May 2022
- Kickoff Regional Meetings for 2022 discuss priority topics and actions, 2 March 2022
- Fourth Regional Meeting for Sub-Saharan Africa focuses on youth engagement in anti-corruption, 2 December 2021
- Regional submission to the 9th UNCAC CoSP (CoSP 9) on anti-corruption priorities for the Sub-Saharan Africa and MENA regions, 26 November 2021
- Tunisia signs the UNCAC Review Transparency Pledge, 24 November 2021
- Third Regional Meeting for Sub-Saharan Africa discusses experiences in facilitating access to information from Uganda, Nigeria and Rwanda, 29 September 2021
- Africa Regional Overview: Taking stock of good practices – the UNCAC and beyond, 20 August 2021
- Second Regional Meeting for Sub-Saharan Africa on Whistleblower Protection, 7 June 2021
- First Regional Meeting for Sub-Saharan Africa on Public Procurement in times of Covid-19, 12 March 2021
- Ireland releases agreement with Nigeria on return on €5.5 million, 28 September 2020
- Mauritius signs the UNCAC Review Transparency Pledge, 7 September 2020
UNCAC Multi-Stakeholder Workshops
UNODC and the UNCAC Coalition, in cooperation with Transparency International, have jointly organized numerous multi-stakeholder workshops on UNCAC implementation and the UNCAC review mechanism, bringing together civil society and government representatives.
Multi-stakeholder workshop on UNCAC Implementation and the Review Mechanism in Ethiopia, 2019
27 civil society and 26 government representatives from 14 African countries participated in a ‘Multi-stakeholder Workshop on Implementing the UNCAC and its Review Mechanism‘ from 8 to 11 April 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop was jointly organized by the UNCAC Coalition and the UNODC, with funding from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).
The overall objectives of the training were to equip participants with a strong understanding of the UNCAC and its provisions and to motivate them to contribute to their country’s review mechanisms. Furthermore, the workshop connected UNCAC government focal points with civil society activists, and generated mutual understanding for the respective roles, including through roleplaying games, in order to facilitate better cooperation and knowledge sharing.
There was broad consensus that it is crucial to ensure a transparent and truly inclusive UNCAC review process that provides opportunities for civil society to contribute, share findings and provide recommendations, in order to maximize the UNCAC’s impact to create momentum for reforms.
After the workshop, several civil society activists from three countries who had participated in the workshop contributed to the national UNCAC review process, including by meeting with country reviewers to provide them with expert input from a civil society perspective.
Multi-stakeholder workshop on UNCAC Implementation and the Review Mechanism in Senegal, 2018:
Some 50 civil society and government representatives from 15 African countries participated in a ‘Multi-stakeholder Workshop on the UNCAC and its Review Mechanism‘ from 8 to 11 May 2018 in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop was by the UNODC with support from the UNCAC Coalition and funding from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).
The event featured interactive training techniques, enabling participants to understand the Review Mechanism process pertaining to the Second Cycle (2015-2024) with a focus on preventative measures and asset recovery. In addition, civil society organizations received guidance on how to collaborate with the private sector on anti-corruption.
Regional Meeting on Fast-tracking UNCAC Implementation in Southern Africa: 16–20 October 2019
Civil society organizations participated in the Regional Conference ‘Fast-tracking the Implementation of UNCAC in Southern Africa’ which took place from 16 to 20 October 2019 in Livingstone, Zambia. A total of 25 CSOs from seven countries in the region participated in the five-day conference which brought together governments, civil society organizations and the private sector to agree on a set of common anti-corruption recommendations.
This conference sought to build on the momentum generated by the UK Anti-Corruption Summit that took place in London in May 2016, foster partnerships and create a regional platform to fast track the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in Southern Africa.
CSOs took an active and participatory role alongside governmental counterparts, initially formulating their own recommendations, and thereafter, combining theirs with their governmental counterparts to create a joint outcome document per each thematic theme. With an agreed upon set of recommendations across the four themes of conflict of interest in public procurement, inter-agency cooperation, whistleblower protection vs. witness protection and asset disclosure, neighbouring countries in Southern Africa will leverage regional capacities and knowledge to implement those practical reform priorities through common actions.