Media Advisory: Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa's Transformation

Invitation for Media Coverage and Attendance 


Given the tremendous opportunity that presents itself in 2018, under the African Union theme:  “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”, the Multi Sectoral Working Group Against Corruption in Africa, will hold a two day Forum to focus on strategic entry points and concrete actions that will result in a meaningful long term impact in combatting corruption in Africa.  The Forum will focus on:

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Thuli Madonsela “Understanding and dismantling the State Capture Project”- 5th July, 2018; Prof Madonsela will also be receiving the African Anti-Corruption Crusader Award 2018.
H.E. Thabo Mbeki (tbc) “Closing the taps on Illicit Financial Flows” -6th July, 2018

Other Speakers include:
Hon. Julius Malema, Pan African Parliament MP, South Africa (tbc)
Pansy Tlakula, former Electoral Commission Chairperson, and current Information Regulator-SA
Dr Ivor Chipkin Public Affairs Research Institute
Dr Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Director - Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Personalities & organizations making presentations include:
Sam Sole, AmaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism- South Africa;
Samuel Kimeu, Politically Exposed Persons Database- TI-Kenya;
Khadija Sharife, Plateforme de Protection des Lanceurs d'Alerte en Afrique (PLAAF) – South Africa;
Emmanuel Pumpuni Asante Center for Democracy and Development- Ghana;      
Arlinda Neves, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists- West Africa Leaks- Cape Verde;
Anele Ncube, African Development Bank;
Fitz-Roy Drayton, UN Office on Drugs and Crime;
Jeggan Grey-Johnson, Africa Regional Office- Open Society Foundations;


What:
This forum comes at a time when reports reveal that over the last 50 years, Africa is estimated to have lost in excess 1 trillion US dollars in illicit financial flows (IFFs) (Kar and Cartwright-Smith 2010; Kar and Leblanc 2013). This sum is roughly equivalent to all of the official development assistance received by Africa during the same timeframe. Currently, Africa is estimated to be losing more than $50 billion annually in IFFs. But these estimates may well fall short of reality because accurate data do not exist for all African countries, and these estimates often exclude some forms of IFFs that by nature are secret and cannot be properly estimated, such as proceeds of bribery and trafficking of drugs, people and firearms. The amount lost annually by Africa through IFFs is therefore likely to exceed $50 billion by a significant amount.

Despite the plethora of efforts deployed to combat corruption, it remains an endemic problem in Sub-Saharan Africa. Anti-corruption polices that have been pronounced upon have not been operationalized.  Laws that have been enacted to promote transparency and public accountability have been flouted. Fundamental regulations and cardinal principles that serve as triggers to unlocking the barriers to exposing corruption, such as: access to information; whistle blower protection; and asset declaration have still not found their way into the statue books of many AU member states. 

When:  5- 6 July, 2018
Time: 09h:00- 18h:00 each day
Where: Pan African Parliament, Midrand, Johannesburg

Press Conferences: Press Briefing Room in the Pan African Parliament
July 5th 2018:  11h:00-11H30
July 6th 11H30-12H00 & 17H30- 18H00

Who:
African Regional Office of the Open Society Foundation- AfRO, works with national civil society organizations to conduct systematic audits of government performance in Combating Corruption.  It also does advocacy work and supports civil society better engage with regional and continental Pan African institutions through the following thematic areas:  Citizenship and the Right to a Nationality; Elections; International Justice; Youth Participation; and Security Sector Reforms.

The Advisory Board on Corruption- AUABC, is the emanation of The AU Convention on Combating and Preventing Corruption (AUCPCC) and it was created on 26th May 2009 under Article 22 (1) of The Convention. This organ bases its work on the provisions of this legal instrument and in this regard, it is the unique continental organization mandated by the African Union to deal with corruption and related themes in Africa.

The Pan African Parliament-PAP was established as an organ the African Union (AU) in order to ensure the full participation of African peoples in the development and economic integration of the continent. The ultimate aim of the Pan African Parliament shall be to evolve into an institution with full legislative powers, whose members are elected by universal adult suffrage. The new protocol granting these powers has been adopted by the AU and is currently under ratification by member states. However until such a time that the new protocol comes into force, the Pan African Parliament shall have consultative and advisory powers within the AU.


Multi Sectoral Working Group Against Corruption in Africa- MSWG’s hypothesis for change is that, given strong motivation from a diverse group of actors within an African sub-region, it is possible to build pressure at the level of the sub-regional body, or REC level, to strengthen national-level action against corruption.  The MSWG Eastern Africa region currently has 14 organisations namely: Advisory Board on Corruption Secretariat; Africa Regional Office-OSF; Transparency International (Germany; Uganda; Rwanda and Kenya); Uganda NGO Forum; Centre for Citizens' Participation on the African Union; East African Association of Anti-Corruption Agencies; East Africa Civil Society Organizations' Forum; Pan African Lawyers Union; Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARWa); Commonwealth Africa Anti- Corruption Centre (CAACC); Radio Veritas.

Why:
Support to state institutions that have the mandate, authority and expectation to address corruption has been lacking generally.  Anti-corruption agencies continue to operate with limited mandates, budgets, independence and capacity. Parliamentary oversight remains elusive, as overreaching and overbearing executives dominate decision and appointment making of high level officials to anti-graft institutions, regulatory agencies, the judiciary, and other public and private institutions designed to defend and promote good governance and democratic practice.  This forum aims to elevate and prioritize fundamental thematic areas for intervention by state parties and non-state actors in the transparency sector and beyond, gen the changing and complex facets of corruption in Africa.  Faith based organisations, business sector, academia and youth groups are being given particular focus, because they are a critical sector of the population that has not been consistently and effectively involved in the collective strategy in combating corruption, yet these groups are proving to be more relevant and vocal in speaking out against rampant corruption and impunity in Africa.

For more information please contact:
In Johannesburg, Jeggan Grey Johnson – Mobile 0836 200578- email:
In Johannesburg, Fr Brian Mhlanga OP – Mobile 082 880 0007 –email:
In Kampala, Sarah Pacutho email:
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