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.




Since the return to multi-party democracy in 1993, successive Lesotho governments have shown sustained commitment to combat corruptionand extended participatory rights of citizens. The successful trials of several senior public officials - including a number of members of the executive and multinational corporations - for alleged involvement in corruption (bribery and public funds embezzlement) has proved to be an important milestone in the country's fight against corruption. The restoration of civilian rule and the democratisation process guaranteed the protection of rights and civil liberties of citizens including freedom of speech, promoted freedom of the media and reinstated oversight bodies. Taken together with advances in media technology, these factors changed the environment for reporting corruption in the country.


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