About ACT-SA

The Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-SA) is an independent non-governmental organization registered in Zimbabwe and South Africa to campaign against corruption in the public and private sectors.

In Zimbabwe, ACT-SA is registered as a common law trust (Registration Number MA147/2004 refers) whilst in South Africa it is registered under the Non-Profit Organisations Act, 1997 (Registration Number 045-923-NPO refers).

ACT-SA is a member of civil society networks that include the UNCAC Coalition, the Southern African Anti-Corruption Network (SAACoN), the Civil Society Initiative for Stolen Asset Recovery in Southern Africa (CSO-ISARSA) and the Zimbabwe Civil Society Anti-Corruption Coalition (ZCSACC).

ACT-SA chairs SAACoN as well as coordinates both the CSO-ISARSA and the ZCSACC in the SADC region and in Zimbabwe respectively.

In addition, ACT-SA enjoys ECOSOC Consultative Status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Our Vision

The vision of ACT-SA is to see an “Accountable, transparent and legitimate public and private sector institutions operating alongside a well-informed, empowered and actively engaged citizenry and civil society”

Our Mission

The mission of ACT-SA is to contribute to good governance and a corruption free and prosperous Southern Africa through:
  1. Institutional capacity building,
  2. Situational prevention of corruption,
  3. Social prevention and public empowerment;
  4. Anti-corruption policy and law reform and
  5. Research, development and advocacy.


In all its operations, ACT-SA advances the principles of accountability, transparency, integrity, and good corporate governance. As a leader in advancing these principles, ACT-SA aims to be a role model for all to follow nationally, regionally and globally.
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ACT-SA’s Theory of Change

ACT-SA’s priorities for the period 2023-2028 are informed by the following theory of change that puts citizens, civil society and the private sector at the centre of its programming.

IF, ACT-SA empowers citizens, civil society and private sector actors with knowledge of the devastating effects of corruption and equip them with the technical skills to combat it, they will in turn shun it, report it and refuse corruption in their respective communities and areas of work. 

THEN, the empowered citizens, civil society and private sector who are conscientised and fully aware of  their rights will hold governments accountable for the effective, efficient and sustainable development and enforcement of national anti-corruption laws and policies that are well aligned to anti-corruption best practices and principles set out in the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), the SADC Protocol against Corruption (SADC-PAC) and  the AU Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC).

AND THEN, the public officials at all levels shun corruption.

THEREBY developing a well-coordinated civil society, private sector and citizenry carrying out anti-corruption initiatives – individually and collectively – reducing the costs and harms of corruption to build and sustain an open, fair, equitable and incorruptible society.