Supporting the Anti-Corruption strategy framework in Namibia


left to right: Head of UNDP Namibia Governance, Gender & HIV/AIDS Unit Sarah Mwilima, Director of the Anti-Corruption Commission Mr. Paulus Noa, UNDP Programme Analyst Megan van Turah, Governor of the Khomas Region Laura McLeod and Advocate Erna van der Merwe. Photo - UNDP

UNDP is supporting the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in the process of developing a National Anti-Corruption Strategy.

 

The purpose of the strategy is to ensure that all stakeholders pro-actively participate in the prevention and fight against corruption in Namibia. The Commission has so far concluded its first phase of the project, which include the appointment of a Technical Working Group to oversee the development of the Strategy, followed by a series of consultative workshops in all 13 regions of the country, in order to ensure that community voices were heard.

Participants in the workshop included representatives from civil society, non-governmental organizations, religious leaders, politicians, community representatives, members of the media, and representatives of various communities.

 

The Technical working Group which consists of people from various sectors is tasked to gather relevant information, critically review the draft strategy and provide suggestions and proposals to the consultant.

 

During the opening of the Induction Workshop for the Technical Working Group, Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob noted that "the first step toward new mechanism of tackling corruption was the development of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy."  Dr Geingob said he was encouraged by the fact that the strategy will be all inclusive and well coordinated. The Prime Minister warned against the public perception that associates corruption with politicians and government officials only, saying that "corruption does not take place in government institutions alone." He also discouraged the general perception that corruption has become systemic in Namibia, saying "the idea that this was the case stems from opinions of certain quarters of the societies who have adopted a negative view of the government and the country in general."

 

Dr Geingob concluded by reminding the nation that the fight against corruption will need to involve a change in attitude and that leaders in various professions have the responsibility to instil a culture of pride amongst their followers.

 

This will be the first Anti-Corruption Strategy- the first of its kind in Namibia which takes into consideration the opinions of all stakeholders, including the communities themselves.