UNDP SUPPORTS GOVERNMENT’S FORMULATION FOR A RENEWED ANTI-CORRUPTION STRATEGY

20 Feb 2014

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Civil Society Organizations, religious institutions, academia, the private sector, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Local Government Authorities (LGAs) are now involved in finalization of Phase III of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan, as the result of a UNDP supported process which culminated in a stakeholders’ national consultation on 7th February 2014 at the Blue Pearl Hotel, Ubungo Plaza Dar es Salaam. The President’s Office, Good Governance Coordination Unit (GGCU) led the consultation which was well attended by about 300 participants. Through financial and advisory support from UNDP, the government is being supported to renew and formulate the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACSAP) Phase III. Unlike the previous phases, this next one sets specific priorities and focus areas. The government is committed to set SMART activities and targets to help prevent corruption in public procurement and in the natural resources and energy sectors.

Speaking during the consultation Mr. Nixon Nzunda, Secretary of the Public Ethics Secretariat, told participants that with the new approach to anti-corruption needs to include outcome reporting rather than just output or activities reporting.

Once finalized, the strategy will be followed by government’s Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) and Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and private sector, designing action plans to reflect the new thrust of the strategy. Action plans are important tools for implementation of the strategy. The Action plans are meant to address critical governance/corruption-related issues within MDAs and LGAs and others. According to the draft strategy, both the public and private sectors are expected and will be encouraged to prepare Actions Plans for the implementation of the strategy.

Corruption undermines democracy and hinders economic and social development. The poor, women, and marginalized people are most affected by corruption. This is why UNDP in Tanzania has been supporting government’s implementation of National Anti-corruption Strategy and Action Plans Phase I and II.