African roundtable on good infrastructure governance

By Chris Heathcote First published in the Sierra Leone Telegraph Infrastructure is crucial to Africa’s growth prospects. It’s also hard to get right, a reality acknowledged by delegates from around the continent and further afield who recently gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, for Africa’s first roundtable on infrastructure governance. Until now, policy makers have largely Read more >

Can we put an end to corruption?

The South African government recently announced its national anti-corruption strategy (NACS), that is aimed at tackling corruption in the public and private sectors, civil society, and citizen sector, as well as looking forward to other forms of corruption that could arise in the future – for example, cybercrime as a result of the evolution of Read more >

More on the national anti-corruption strategy

The national anti-corruption strategy (NACS) has been a discussion topic for some months. Its launch, originally planned for 9 December – which is International Anti-Corruption Day – was delayed until May. The NACS is now open for discussion. We look at the main take-home points. The rationale for developing an overarching NACS is to: Rejuvenate Read more >

Ibrahim index: African govts lacking in accountability

If corruption in Africa is to be fought successfully, the latest data from the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) – released recently by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation – should be taken very seriously by governments that wish to end the scourge. The foundation developed the index 10 years ago, and through it, evaluates the Read more >

Why does corruption in Africa continue to thrive?

By Anton du Plessis Corruption is the most neglected human rights violation of our time. It fuels injustice, inequality and deprivation, and is a major catalyst for migration and terrorism. In Africa, the social and political consequences of corruption rob nations of resources and potential, and drive inequality, resentment and radicalisation. Corruption cheats the continent’s governments of Read more >

Understanding and combating corruption

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church This four-part series on corruption, criminal justice and legitimacy was first published on the CDA Perspectives blog – this is a platform for people working in the fields of humanitarian assistance, peace practice, sustainable development and corporate operations in contexts of conflict and fragility. The blog provides an outlet for these professionals Read more >

Corporate reporting transparency in spotlight

Corruption Watch released its Transparency in Corporate Reporting: South Africa (TRAC) report yesterday evening. This report is part of Transparency International’s (TI) series that assesses the transparency – an essential tool in combating corruption and enabling accountability – of companies in various countries. In the series, TI surveys the world’s largest companies in terms of Read more >

Young leadership group asks ANC to recall Zuma

The reckless replacement of the finance minister in the face of economic headwinds is irresponsible, irrational and unpatriotic; Zuma just delivered a worse life for all. So says the Young African Leadership Initiative (Yali) which comprises professionals who are leaders in their fields, spanning sectors of government, the financial sector, South African and international corporates Read more >

Lewis: Too few firms with good governance records

South Africa has some “excellent institutions”, such as the South African Reserve Bank, the National Treasury, financial regulators, the competition authorities, the JSE and the sophisticated justice system that are “keeping the country afloat”, said Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis, speaking at the Chartered Secretaries’ Premier Corporate Governance conference on Tuesday. Discussing the topic Read more >