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Focal point: Tumisang Seabo, Project and Legal Officer
Tel: +267 73 011 774
The vision of BCPI is “an open, just and equitable Botswana, in which government, business, civil society, and citizens work together, acting with and demanding integrity, contributing towards democratic governance”.
The mission of BCPI is “to promote and safeguard democracy by building a culture of integrity, transparency, and accountability at all levels and across sectors of society as a way of protecting beneficiaries of public goods and services.
General description of your work in the prevention of and the fight against corruption
BCPI believes that when people know better they do better. This is from the observation that citizens in Botswana have trusted government and the last few years we see how we shouldn’t have entirely been complacent about oversight and good governance, with all the corruption cases unearthed. BCPI therefore raises awareness and promotes the importance of integrity, transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors. BCPI pushes for these ideals as approaches to fighting corruption and ensuring that public funds benefit citizens in the short, medium to long terms. We have engaged statutory bodies on the Whistleblowing Act, which has led to the Anti-Corruption Agency formulating recommendations for review of the law to improve it for the protection of whistle-blowers. We continue to use dialogue platforms to spread anti-corruption messages and empower citizens to detect and stand up against corruption. Our target is the citizens, particularly youth, we seek to equip them with information on fighting corruption and building a generation of integrity champions to do better and to demand better from the leaders in the running of the country. We also engage with various stakeholders such as Business Botswana on transparency and accountability and clean business, the Trade Unions on whistle-blowing for their members to be protected by the law should they seek to expose corruption.
Describe your organisation’s work linked with the UNCAC
UNCAC forms part of the legal framework on which we derived authority to engage with government as civil society on issues of fighting corruption. It is also a tool for us to raise awareness of the various articles our country is party to, for implementation, regarding best practices.
However, it would be very beneficial to be able to participate in the UNCAC Review Mechanism, to officially monitor the Conventions’ implementation and creatively advocate for compliance.