The purpose of the project is to raise awareness against corruption and its negative consequences on development. The project targets communities, schools, work-places, and public places
As a pilot project, funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), ACT-SA empowered several communities in Zimbabwe to monitor report and take action against corruption, mal-administration, and bad service delivery. In areas targeted, communities were organized into what are called Community Anti-Corruption Monitoring Voluntary Action Groups (VAGs). Each VAG comprises at least 10 members to a maximum of 30 members. Empowered communities, were drawn from Kwekwe, Gokwe, Gweru, Zhombe, Tiger Reef, Shurugwi, Zvishavane, Masvingo, Mutare, Harare, Chinhoyi, Victoria Falls, Bulawayo, and Beitbridge.
The project was started by ACT-SA through its Youth Desk and targets schools, colleges, and universities. Apart from raising awareness against corruption and encouraging the reporting of corruption, the project helps to set up Anti-Corruption Clubs. The following are the Clubs that were set up by ACT-SA
- Rehoboth Anti-Corruption School Club
- Kenvile Anti-Corruption School Club;
- Herentals Anti-Corruption School Club;
- Kwekwe Anti-Corruption School Club;
- Gwanda Anti-Corruption School Club;
- Budiriro Anti-Corruption School Club
Open the Guidance Note of setting up Clubs and the Manual
ACT-SA has been consistently monitoring the progress made by SADC Member States vis-a-vis the signature, ratification, and domestication of anti-corruption treaties. Special focus was given to three anti-corruption treaties, the SADC Protocol against Corruption, the AU Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption as well as the United Nations Convention against Corruption. ACT-SA is also a member of the UNCAC Coalition which monitors the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Go the Treaty Ratification Tracker
ACT-SA works to share anti-corruption treaties, laws, policies, reports, case law/jurisprudence, good practices as well as research efforts seeking to help reduce the harmful impact of corruption on society. The granary anti-corruption information helps governments, researchers, academia, the private sector and students among others, to find the best strategies to combat the scourge of corruption which may, unfortunately, frustrate the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among other poverty reduction efforts. Go to the Online Resource Centre
The project derives its motivation from the fact that entrepreneurship can have a massive impact on a country’s economy. It can promote new industries, improve productivity, and lead to large-scale job creation. However, high-impact entrepreneurship is often wrecked by corruption, and that corruption has severely hindered growth in business activity.
Corruption has often been used as a means for officials to impose costs for private benefit. For entrepreneurs, this often results in paying exorbitant bribes or having their business activities blocked by officials who have been paid off by competitors. In addition to being harmful to the growth and institutional quality of a country, corruption is also a deterrent for both entrepreneurial spirit and activity. Corruption’s negative effects are becoming stronger over time. To this end, the project was initiated to empower SMEs to fight corruption as a strategy to boost SME development. Trainings were conducted and these continue to be conducted to ensure that SMEs know what corruption is, its negative effects as well as how to resist paying bribes.
The following are the project objectives:
- To empower SMEs to monitor, report and take action against corruption affecting SME development;
- To provide technical support to SMEs to develop, approve, implement and enforce internal anti-corruption policies as an example for others to follow
In pursuit of the above objectives, ACT-SA has been carrying out several activities that include:
- Training and Setting up SMEs Anti-Corruption Monitoring Voluntary Action Groups largely comprised of SMEs and relevant authorities;
- Developing a model internal anti-corruption policy for SMEs and
- Giving Technical support towards the implementation of internal anti-corruption policies for SMEs.
Regardless of existing efforts and resources being channeled towards fighting corruption. There seems to be no end to corruption activities. In some countries, the situation is getting worse by the day, whilst in others, there are improvements before the situations worsen again. Research in this situation remains unavoidable. There is a strong need to strengthen anti-corruption research in order to find the best recipe. See below the efforts of the Research & Development Project of ACT-SA