The Zimbabwe National Anti-Corruption Program

Overal Objective

“The Zimbabwe National Anti-Corruption Programme” (2013 – 2016) is funded by the European Union Delegation in Zimbabwe. Driven by the conviction that effective anti-corruption action is best driven by multiple actors, the program reflects active integration of both bottom up citizen action and top-down policy action in the Anti-corruption value chain. The programme is fully aligned with both TI Z’s 2020 strategic plan and the TI movement’s strategy and seeks to contribute to reduced corruption through policy, legal and institutional reforms, people engagement, knowledge and information development and sharing.

Delivering to four key components, the overall goal of the programme is derived from Article 60 of the UNCAC (United Nations Convention against Corruption), especially article 60 (4). Article 60 calls for each State Party to ‘improve specific training programmes for its personnel responsible for preventing and combating corruption.”

The programme, now in its final year, seeks to:

  1. strengthen the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission so that it fulfils its statutory mandate of leading and coordinating the fight against corruption on behalf of the state;
  2. build and enhance the capacity of citizens through their communities to among other things, demand, participate and engage in the fight against corruption as part of the rights and duties of citizens in realizing their civic responsibility in a democratic society; and
  3. innovate, educate and raise sufficient appreciation and application of proposed and existing tools, standards and instruments for fighting corruption.

Milestones achieved include:

– decentralization of the work of TI Z to low income and indigent communities in Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and South which have better access to free and confidential Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALAC), which serve victims and witnesses of corruption;

45 Accountability Monitoring Committees (AMCs)

These comprise of 6 publicly elected persons with equal representation of women, men and the youth working as an active community liaison which has proved vital in speaking up for transparency and integrity at local level and ensuring accountability of leadership within associational life. The AMCs are an active referral system to the ALAC and Community Mobilization and Advocacy units, often mobilizing communities or inviting TI Z where there is local demand for legal services. Positives outcomes include establishment of an integrity pact (IP) between residents and the Hwange Local Board committing residents to responsible payment of their obligations and the local authority to responsible service provision for a viable supply and demand relationship toward development of the town.

28 Frequently Asked Question brochures

These explain various themes where citizens have reported corrupt action. Drawn from case frequency in the ALAC and various community meetings, the FAQ brochures proffer normative responses for public education on themes including:
i) Traffic Spot Fines
ii) Bribery
iii) Housing Cooperatives
iv) Maintenance Claims
v) Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts
vi) Reporting Corruption
vii) The Judicial Services Commission
viii) The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission
ix) The Corruption Perception Index and National Bribe Payer’s Index
x) The Annual State of Corruption Report
xi) Public Finance Management
xii) The Police
xiii) Reducing Environmental Degradation and forest Destruction (REDD+)
xiv) BEAM
xv) How to get title deeds
xvi) Hawkers and Vendors Licensing
xvii) School Development Committees
xviii) Birth registration procedures (Part 1 & 2)
xix) Labour Laws
xx) Company Registration
xxi) The Youth Development Fund
xxii) United Nations Convention Against Corruption
xxiii) Anti-corruption Strategy
xxiv) Whistle Blower Protection Legislation
xxv) Advocacy & Legal Advice Centres
xxvi) Residential Stands
xxvii) The Zimbabwe Court System
xxviii) The Office of the Attorney General

– Four theatre productions decrying sectoral graft and the various effects on women and girls have been cast on 1000 DVDs per production and used in individual and community advocacy. Watch Uproot the Rot, A Slice of the Cake, Weeds and My Hands are Clean on Youtube or here to add your voice and action against corruption.

21 Youth for Transparency & Integrity (YTI)

school based extra-curricular clubs of 40 members each, that strengthen on-going curriculum driven values by mentoring 6 to 18 year old pupils on the tenets of integrity, hard work and responsible citizenship. With permission from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE), the youth have participated at three essay and poetry writing competitions that have drawn high quality arguments. Major arguments have indicated determined generation of charges who cite a raft of measures to curb both petty, grand corruption and reduce the current levels of impunity. Check out the videos promoting essay and poetry competitions here

– Production of three Annual State of Corruption researches on mining, the land sector and State Owned Enterprises in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden from 2013 to date. These products have proved valuable through the recommendations for policy making advice that contributed to the diamond policy and have been welcomed by other chapters of the TI movement, academia and international financial institutions such as the World Bank, who have invariably sought partnership with TI Z for further research.
– On-going work with the Zimbabwe Anti-corruption Commission (ZACC) will see to improved infrastructure for reporting corruption and attainment of justice as TI Z continues to avail technical and resource mobilization support toward an effective ZACC which is able to connect to a with civil society accountability structures.