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Monday, 20 February 2017

The Problem of Measuring Corruption in Africa: The International Dimension Matters


The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) today launched the Fourth edition of the African Governance Report (AGR-IV).

The African Governance Report 2016 (AGR-IV) is a bi-annual publication of the ECA. Focusing on corruption, this edition challenges its traditionally narrow notion as ‘the abuse of public office for private gain.’ It argues that corruption must be viewed as a broader phenomenon, where private agents also share through collective responsibility. It implores African countries and partners to re-think how corruption is measured in general and in the African context in particular. It calls for a move away from purely perception-based measures of corruption, to focus on approaches that are fact-based and built on more objective quantitative criteria.

This report also highlights the multi-faceted nature of corruption, and particularly the international dimension of corruption on the continent,recommending the need to assess and evaluate corrupt acts and practices in a broader economic governance context. The issue of combating corruption has become even more pertinent in light of the 2016 Panama Papers that revealed the extent of lost and trapped resources that could have otherwise been channeled towards Africa’s development.

A presentation by Dr Francis Ikome, chief of the Governance and Public Sector Management Section in the Macroeconomic Division at the ECA was followed by two respondents – Professor Melaku Desta, Special Adviser to the CEO of the APRM Secretariat, and Ebrahim Fakir, political commentator and Director of Programmes at the Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute (ASRI).

  pdf Click here to download the report. (1.65 MB)
  pdf Click here to download the presentaion by Dr. Francis Nguendi Ikome. (2.13 MB)

Event Details

Date:        Monday, 20 February 2017
Time:       10:30 am-12:30 pm
Venue:     SAIIA Head Office, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 

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