1. Training, Education and Capacity Building
The Corruption Prevention Section assists public and private sector organizations to prevent corruption through providing a range of training, education and capacity building initiatives. Training and education focuses on enhancing knowledge, competences and skills amongst staff in client organizations on corruption issues and to enable them effectively undertake or mainstream corruption prevention measures in the work place.
The Section offers a variety of workshops and training initiatives targeting senior managers, middle managers and other specialist staff. The initiatives among other issues aim to raise awareness of corruption, its causes, and impact on the organization and strategies that can be employed to detect and prevent corruption. The Corruption Prevention Section also undertakes capacity building initiatives which can also be tailor-made to meet specific needs of the client organization. The training and education initiatives are undertaken either following requests from a client institution or through the section initiating contacts with target organizations.
2. Development of Policy Frameworks
The Corruption Prevention Section works with Public and Private Organizations to support and help to facilitate development and implementation of corruption and fraud prevention policies to serve as a framework within which corruption prevention initiatives can be mainstreamed in the workplace. The Policies among other issues establishes an organization’s position on corruption and fraud and hence positions it to better participate in the fight against corruption.
The section also assists institutions to develop other tools such as Codes of ethics and guidelines for managing gifts, entertainment, and conflicts of interest. The section also works with service providing organizations in the private sector to support development and implementation of client service charters as a tool for improving service delivery standards and accountability levels.
3. System Reviews
The Corruption Prevention Section undertakes reviews of systems and procedures in organizations in both the public and private sectors. Such reviews are either initiated by the Anti-Corruption Bureau or are undertaken following complaints or reports that raise problems with systems and procedures. The reviews which are initiated by the Bureau are done using a facilitative approach in which key staff from the target organization are involved in the process of reviewing the systems and procedures. The system and procedures reviews can also be done on request by a client organization.
4. Compliance Audits
The Corruption Prevention Section does also undertakes compliance audits or spot-checks in selected activities mainly of national importance such as national examinations at Primary and secondary school levels to audit compliance with established systems and procedures by invigilators, supervisors and security personnel who are charged with the responsibility of undertaking such activities. The exercise is also aimed at assessing performance and effectiveness of the systems and procedures in countering the threat of corruption and fraud.
Under the same component, the Corruption Prevention Section monitors other national programs such as the Farm Input Subsidy Program and with effect from 2012, the section will also be monitoring the conduct of Tobacco sales at auction floors.
The Corruption Prevention Section also tracks implementation of the recommendations that are made to organizations to verify compliance and measure impact. The exercise is also done to monitor implementation of policies and other initiatives designed to address corruption.
5. Advisory and support services
The Corruption Prevention section advises public and private institutions among other things on elements of the organization that may contribute to corruption such as systems (including policies and procedures), organizational structure and also advice on corruption detection. Advice is provided during investigations, corruption prevention in which officers analyze the organization for weaknesses and make recommendations.
The Investigations Section may sometimes refer matters to the Corruption Prevention Section where corrupt behaviour is not established but there appears to be a vulnerability to corruption. Alternatively Organizations can also contact us for advice on reducing the risk of corruption. The section also provides advice and technical support to assist institutions who want to implement the National Anti-Corruption strategy.
The Corruption Prevention Section conducts research into corruption and related issues for purposes of understanding the problem of corruption and also to better inform efforts to reduce corruption so that interventions and initiatives that are undertaken are tailored to effectively respond to the nature of the problem of corruption. Such research activities are either national exercises or small scale research exercises which specifically focus on a specific issue, sector or problem.