MSWG Call for Papers: Implementation of the African Convention on Combatting and Preventing Corruption

The Multi Sectoral Working group on Combatting Corruption – East Africa Region invites submissions of papers on the implementation of the African Convention on Combatting and Preventing Corruption

August 15th, 2016
The Multi Sectoral Working group on Combatting Corruption – East Africa Region invites submissions of papers on the implementation of the AUCPCC; the opportunities available to state parties, the challenges that impede adoption and effective implementation, and best approaches to adaptation and moving the Convention from intended policy to actual practice - especially the Cardinal Principles detailed below:
 
Article 5(3) Establish, maintain and strengthen independent national anti-corruption authorities or agencies. 5(5) Adopt legislative and other measures to protect informants and witnesses in corruption and related offences, including protection of their identities.
 
Article 7(1) Require all or designated public officials to declare their assets at the time of assumption of office, during and after their term of office in the public service.
 
Article 9 Access to Information - Each State Party shall adopt such legislative and other measures to give effect to the right of access to any information that is required to assist in the fight against corruption and related offences.
 
Article 10 Funding of Political Parties- Each State Party shall adopt legislative and other measures to:
 
(a) Proscribe the use of funds acquired through illegal and corrupt practices to finance political parties; and (b) Incorporate the principle of transparency into funding of political parties.
 
Article 11(1) Adopt legislative and other measures to prevent and combat acts of corruption and related offences committed in and by agents of the private sector.
 
Article 12(2) Create an enabling environment that will enable civil society and the media to hold governments to the highest levels of transparency and accountability in the management of public affairs; 12(4) Ensure that the Media is given access to information in cases of corruption and related offences on condition that the dissemination of such information does not adversely affect the investigation process and the right to a fair trial.
 
But added to the above there may also be the different approaches that could be adopted for example analyses of:
  • Extradition in Article 15, the realities of such, and the obstacles to state Party Corporation under this article, examples of lost and used opportunities can be cited.
  • Possible impacts of the Panama Papers could be cited or expanded upon in explaining Article 17, which deals with Bank Secrecy and or even the direct correlation this Article has with Article 18 Cooperation and Mutual Legal Assistance- and regional treaty obligations that promote transparency and aims to fight corruption. How possible is this in the context of, for example, East Africa and the EAC, which does not have a Regional Protocol on combatting corruption, but member states do have and belong to the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG)?
  •  Finally, a deep dive analysis could be done on Article 22- Follow up Mechanism and mandate of the board itself. How realistic is it to have a two-year term? Should the term be extended? How should the board be selected to ensure that the best are given the opportunity to serve? Is it too political? Does it lack independence; can the board do much under its current mandate? What should an effective AU Advisory Board on Corruption look like? What are the most important elements that need to be embraced and deployed in order for Africa to have an effective AUABC? Does Africa actually even need one- is it fit for purpose?
 
The deadline for submissions is September 30th 2016.
 
Our objective is to encourage and promote new thinking and debate on issues that the MSWG is exploring through its knowledge generation and research. We are particularly keen to encourage submissions based on primary sources, personal research and innovative thinking. Papers are accepted in English, French and Portuguese, up to 2,000 words in length, and those selected will be published on our website and invited to present their winning paper to the CSO Forum on December 5-7 in Arusha. Winners will also receive an honorarium of US$400. We will narrow the winners to the top FIVE authors. See the Guidelines on Call for Papers for further details on submitting a paper:
 
References:
All sources should be clearly indicated according to following format:
  • The Book or the Report: Author (First Name + Surname) or the Organization responsible if there is no individual author, the title in italics, the editor (can be omitted if it is the same as the Organization), place and date of publication, page number (s).
  • Following citations: author (only the Surname), the simplified title, the page number.
  • Newspaper Articles, Periodicals or Reviews: Author (First Name + Surname), «Title of the Article in inverted commas», title of the publication in italics, place and date of publication (in an initial reference), the page number.
  • Law: Number and title of the law, (plus, if that is the usual format, the official number of the Gazette / Journal), the date, the cited Article.
  • Report, Article, etc. Published (only) on the Internet: Author, title, date, address of the website, date consulted. If the original publication is not in English: the full title of the publication in the original language, with an English translation in brackets.
 
 

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