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Tackling Corruption in Commonwealth Africa

Case Studies of Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda and Seychelles

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The five countries featured in this book - Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda and Seychelles - were selected because of their relatively strong scores on Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, or because they had registered a significant improvement in their scores over the previous decade. These countries, while continuing to experience challenges arising from corruption have made significant progress. Tackling Corruption in Commonwealth Africa identifies the institutions within each country that have taken the lead in reducing the impact of corruption and accounts for the factors - both technical and political - that have enabled these institutions to implement successful anticorruption strategies. With the many examples of anti-corruption activitiescontained here, the research challenges the assumptionthat developing Global South economies are more corruptthan Western economies. Whether in the reform of legaland institutional frameworks, reports on prosecutions,or fraudulent cross-border activities the research throwsup numerous examples of the international dimensions of corruption, particularly with respect to asset repatriationand money laundering.

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Introduction

The Commonwealth Secretariat believes that corruption is one of the main impediments to effective governance in our 53 member countries. Corruption is a global threat and Africa is not immune to the menace. Indeed, 14 of the 19 Commonwealth countries in Africa have a score of less than 50 on Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). According to Transparency International, this indicates a situation of pervasive corruption. As a result, the Commonwealth Secretariat has focused on providing support to help anti-corruption agencies (ACAs) on the continent to become more effective.

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