Nigeria Workshop Promotes Collective Action to Fight Corruption
(Lagos/Nigeria, 17 March, 2009) - A workshop co-organized by the World Bank Institute, the
UN Global Compact and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) brought together business leaders
and the focal points of Global Compact Local Networks in Africa to discuss practical collective
action tools and strategies to counter corruption in business operations.
Expressing broad support for collective action in the fight against corruption in sub-Saharan
Africa, the meeting identified critical steps needed to develop practical strategies for companies,
civil society organisations and governments.
According to Michelle Ntab, Executive Director of
the African Institute for Corporate Citizenship, collective action is a collaborative and sustained
process of cooperation amongst business, government and civil society stakeholders which has the
potential to be as rewarding as it is challenging. “We will use it in Africa to increase the impact
and credibility of individual action, protect vulnerable individual players by bringing them into
alliance with like-minded organizations”, said Ms. Ntab.
Damaris Kimilu of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers and focal point for the Global
Compact Network Kenya stressed that collective action will complement and strengthen already
existing efforts in enforcing compliance with business regulations and the fight against
corrupt practices. “It can even level the playing field for competitors”, she added.
The representative of the Global Compact Local Network Morocco, Saad Filali, emphasized the
importance of governments in the region to effectively implement the provisions of the United
Nations Convention against Corruption. He stressed that this would be the strongest possible
measure to help with levelling the playing field for business both at the national and
Participants at the two-day workshop represented Global Compact Local Networks in Kenya,
Mauritius, Sudan, Zambia, Malawi, Senegal, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Ghana, South Africa, and
Olajobi Makinwa of the UN Global Compact emphasized that “collective action must work as a
tool complementing and leveraging integrity efforts of government, business and civil society”.
Issues addressed by the workshop included practical tools on how to implement collective
action in Africa and support local initiatives; trust-building for collective action between
business competitors, between business and government, and between civil society organizations and
business. The workshop also featured several in-depth case studies from the Business Action Against
Corruption initiative in Malawi, as well as the Convention on Business Integrity from Nigeria.
Ms. Olajobi Makinwa
Issue Manager Anti-Corruption
UN Global Compact
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