Organization: Alliance Nationale des Consommateurs et de l’Environnement (ANCE-TOGO)
Name of Organization’s Representative: Fabrice Kodjo EBEH, PhD
Which seat are you nominating for? Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Seat
Profile of Organization
Founded as a sustainable development NGO in August, 1999, the National Alliance of Consumers and Environment (ANCE-Togo) is the National Contact of Transparency International and International Budget Partnership in Togo. ANCE is also a member organization of the UNCAC Coalition. ANCE has three regional offices in three of the five regions of Togo.
ANCE is governed by a national Board of Directors of 11 members and regional Board members at regional level. The Executive Secretariat is currently composed of 15 staffs in charge of the implementation of programs. Our vision is “a well governed, corruption free and prosperous Togo”. Our mission is “to promote citizen participation in good economic, social and environmental governance in all sectors of activity”.
Our main areas of work are: (1) Supporting public finances transparency; (2) The fight against environmental crimes; (3) decentralization and local government and (4) Good governance in public health.
We are actively involved in lobbying & advocacy, research, capacity building for stakeholders and networking. Since its founding in 1999, we have successfully advocated for public finances & public procurement reforms, the adoption of a national law on access to information, capacity building for more than 15000 people, the setting up of the national anti-corruption network, publication of various research reports, etc. Our donors include the EU, ADB, UNDP, TI, IBP, etc.
ANCE is actively involved in activities related to transparency, accountability and the fight against corruption in Togo since 1999 with the support of our donors, including:
- Fighting corruption through legal action: A 36 months project the financially supported by the European Union Delegation in Togo aiming at promoting good economic governance and the fight against corruption in Togo, for more https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmKMtNM-JX0
- research for action to support the fight against corruption and the implementation of UNCAC Convention, including:
- data analysis on the implementation the SDGS 16 in Togo with the support of Transparency International : https://knowledgehub.transparency.org/assets/uploads/kproducts/SDG_Parallel-Report_2018_Togo.pdf;
- study at the national level on the vulnerability of the real estate sector to money laundering for the monitoring of SDG 16.4: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11ILZszk0Zlt6kdzOvaKDzx4BWTFiHHKZ/view;
- capacity building and networking: More than 15000 were trained on the UNCAC, a network of 40 CSOs called RAC-TOGO was formed;
- high level CSOs advocacy for policy change on governance and the fight against corruption, which have led to the adoption of the law on access declaration; the draft law on the prevention of corruption was validated by all national stakeholders;
- We have created and operationalized 3 advocacy & legal advice centers (ALACS) to empower individuals, families and communities to safely report corruption when they see it happen in Togo, since 2019, for more https://www.transparency.org/en/report-corruption/togo;
- ANCE received three recognitions, including The WHO prize for Tobacco Control in Africa (2011) and three awards from CACIT TOGO, mainly, the Best Prize for healthy environment in Togo (2015); The Best Prize in the fight against corruption in Togo (2018) and the Best Prize in the fight against corruption in Togo (2019).
Top Three Priorities to Achieve for the Coalition
- Global advocacy for the strengthening of the role of regional organizations across the globe on the UNCAC implementation;
- Supporting global efforts on asset recovery;
- Advocating for the fight against green corruption (environmental crimes).
Profile of Candidate
Dr Fabrice Kodjo EBEH has over 16 years’ experiences in anti-corruption policy and legal advice at international, regional and national levels.
Dr Fabrice’s expertise in anti-corruption policy is beyond appreciation and extends to organizational support, development and analysis of policies, development of advocacy tools, research actions, project management and administration of program grants in Civil Society Organizations.
With a very strong and solid work experience, Mr. Fabrice successively worked as legal advisor in a law consulting firm, Executive Director at the Alliance Nationale des Consommateurs et de l’Environnement (ANCE-Togo)/National contact for Transparency International in Togo. He is member of several expert committees in Togo, including the national public procurement committee, the national expert group on AML/CFT and the committee for the drafting of the national anti-corruption law.
Dr Fabrice formerly served also as Board member of several national and international organizations, including as Chair of the Anti-Corruption Network of Togo (RAC-TOGO), as a member of the Board of Directors of the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), and with Corporate Accountability International (CAI) in the USA.
Author of two books, Dr Fabrice holds a PhD in international law and a Master’s degree in international law degree (Faculty of Law, Criminology and Political Sciences, University of Liege, Belgium), and a Master’s degree in Business Law degree (Faculty of Law, University of de Lomé, Togo). He has also obtained several certificates in project management, M&E, lobbying & advocacy, the UNCAC.
Dr. Fabrice Kodjo Ebeh (Candidate – Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Seat)
I would like to thank our colleague, Juanita Olaya Garcia, for taking time to ask these very important questions to all candidates running for the UNCAC Coalition board.
Please find below some answers to your queries.
1. How do you plan to engage, mobilize and interact with the other organisations (or individuals) in the seat category you are running for in order to ensure the Coalition’s Mission and Goals are achieved?
With more than 16 years spent in CSOs at the international, regional and national (Togo) levels, I have a proven expertise and a great capacity to advocate and mobilize governments and CSO accross the African region.
I served as former Board member of several national and international organization, including, Chair of the Anti-Corruption Network of Togo (RAC-TOGO), member of Board of Directors of the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) and Corporate Accountability International (CAI) in the USA, member of Transparency International, focal point for the International Budget Parnership (IBP), former member of the policy development for the International POP Elimination Network (IPEN), ….
I have also been the former Executive Secretary of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA), a network of over 120 members in 33 African countries and have coordinated several meetings in the different sub-regions of Africa and especially organized meetings with several regional governmental bodies including ECOWAS, UEMOA, COMESA, etc.
This richness of my professional background including first class missions and strategic leadership in a variety of areas including anti-corruption, health protection, human rights defense, environmental protection, etc., makes me a unique candidate. I have an extensive network of individuals, CSOs and governments in Africa.
I will use my network and expertise during my term of service to bring several CSO networks into the UNCAC Coalition and also advocate for greater transparency and space for civil society participation in all UNCAC fora – the Conference of States Parties, the meetings of the Implementation Review Group, working groups and the review process on the national level.more transparency and civil society space.
Futhermore, I will support the UNCAC Coalition Secretariat to develop some advocacy and civic engagement tools to mobilize and engage CSOs in the region.
Finally, I will contribute to strengthening cooperation between CSOs in my region, the UNCAC focal persons and the UNCAC Secretariat in order to enhace information exchange and facilitate the adoption of common UNCAC Coalition positions at the Conference of States Parties and working groups.
2. What do you see is your role and contribution as CCC Member in designing or implementing the Coalition’s Strategy?
1) I will actively play my traditional role as a Board member by providing my inputs on annual work plans, annual operating budget, evaluation of the performance of the Secretariat, settle disputes that may arise, exercise any other powers required under applicable law of the jurisdiction(s) in which the UNCAC Coalition is incorporated, perform any other functions requested by the Coalition General Assembly that further the aims and objectives of the UNCAC Coalition and are consistent with its Constitution.
2) Assist in fundraising : I will advise the UNCAC Coalition on funding opportunities with donors such as the European Union, USAID, African Development Bank, etc., and eventually support the development of concept notes for the call for proposals.
3) Provide my strategic views and inputs on the Coalition policy papers, working groups, advocacy tools to advance discussions on key topics of work of the Coalition, including, access to information, beneficial company ownership transparency, protection of whistleblowers and anti-corruption activists.
4) Finally, I will actively work to advance my top 3 priorities as a CCC Member, including (a) Supporting global efforts on asset recovery ; (b) Advocating for the fight against green corruption (environmental crimes) and (c) Global advocacy for the strengthening of the role of regional organization across the globe on the UNCAC implementation. I will advocate for the setting up of a working group on the role of regional organization across the globe on the UNCAC implementation and will volunteer myself to develop a concept note for the working group and contribute to develop a policy paper on this topic.
3. What do you think is necessary, at this stage, for the CCC to do in order to further ensure the organizational strengthening of the Coalition?”
The UNCAC Coalition should strenghten resources mobilization to be able to support both global, regional and national activities to achieve its mandates.
The Coalition should be more present regionally by organizing more activities, including capacity building for members, joint CSOs-government meetings in all regions ; pre-COPs regional meetings (including government officials) to facilitate the adoption of its positions papers ; providing consistent grants to members for country level activities, etc.
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