Countering corruption in South Africa

Project description

Title: Transparency, Integrity and Accountability Programme (TIP) in South Africa
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-funded by: Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)
Country: South Africa
Lead executing agency: Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Presidency
Overall term: 2021 to 2025

Context

Corruption has become endemic in South Africa: It exists in all spheres of society and has permeated both the private and public sector – nationally, regionally and locally. It undermines democracy and public trust in government. Corruption has a negative impact on state services and thus on community and social development. It also damages economic development and job creation efforts, as well as investor confidence in the country.

In November 2020, the South African Government therefore adopted a National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS). It promotes a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach involving public, private and civil society actors.

Objective

Taking a whole-of-society approach, state and non-governmental actors contribute to the implementation of South Africa’s National Anti-Corruption Strategy.

Approach

The project supports state anti-corruption bodies and bolsters integrity management in companies. It promotes multi-stakeholder partnerships between the public sector, private sector and civil society in the fight against corruption. It deploys a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to support the implementation of the NACS in three areas:

The first area promotes the active involvement of citizens, who contribute to the implementation of the NACS through initiatives that encourage transparency, integrity and accountability.

The second area aims to strengthen institutional resilience so that the relevant state actors are empowered to steer the implementation of the NACS and coordinate processes themselves.

The third area targets multi-stakeholder partnerships between the public sector, private sector and civil society to build up transparency, integrity and accountability. In doing so, special consideration is given to human rights, including gender equality.

Last update: June 2022