Supporting Madagascar’s authorities in the fight against corruption

Project description

Title: Strengthening Madagascar’s anti-corruption institutions II
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-funded by: Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Country: Madagascar
Lead executing agency: Independent Anti-Corruption Bureau (BIANCO)
Overall term: 2019 to 2022

Presentation of the 2020 MALINA Grand Prize  to journalists from the investigative journalist network.

Context

Madagascar is both one of the poorest countries in the world and one of the most severely affected by corruption. This corruption is a major obstacle to state development.

The Independent Anti-Corruption Bureau (BIANCO) is one of the main actors in Madagascar’s fight against corruption and is responsible for preventing and raising awareness about corruption. It also performs investigations and then sends its findings to the independent anti-corruption court (PAC). The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has already been supporting BIANCO for a number of years, including by providing an integrated expert.

During the International Anti-Corruption Day festivities in Mahajanga on 9 December 2020.

Objective

The anti-corruption institutions in Madagascar have been strengthened.

The new BIANCO building ‘Tokyo’, dedicated on 31 June 2019.

Approach

The project strengthens BIANCO’s investigative capabilities without compromising its independence. For example, it is providing support with establishing an electronic whistle-blower system for corruption cases. It also promotes cooperation with other national and international investigative units.

The project also contributes to the priority areas of German-Norwegian development cooperation – environment, decentralisation, education and public finance – where it works on awareness-raising and prevention measures. It supports BIANCO and the ministries with creating corruption risk analyses, for example for public invitations to tender, the water and electricity company JIRAMA, and sapphire mining.

Furthermore, the project supports Madagascar’s authorities in implementing action plans against corruption.

It also supports civil society, including the MALINA investigative journalist network, which, for example, publishes articles about land disputes, public invitations to tender and corruption in the justice system.

Last update: July 2021

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