National Anti-Corruption Strategy
The National Anti-Corruption Strategy is a national document that consolidates multi-sectoral efforts to fight and prevent corruption in Malawi as a way of supporting achievement of goals outlined in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy.
Since the declaration of Zero Tolerance in Malawi, there have been positive developments in the fight against corruption, one of which was the idea of conducting a baseline survey which was done in the year 2005 whose results were released in 2006. The survey gave a clear severity and trends in corruption in Malawi and generally revealed that corruption exists and continues to be a big problem in Malawi. It was also realised that there is massive corruption in the other sectors in Malawi. It was from this background that the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, whose main focus is the collective action against corruption, came into being.
The Malawi National Anti-Corruption Strategy was launched by His Excellency, the State President of the Republic of Malawi on 5th February 2009. The National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) is a holistic approach to the fight against corruption in Malawi. It has been developed upon the realisation that corruption affects all sectors of society hence the need to involve all stakeholders in developing anti-corruption measures which would assist to fight and eliminate corruption in the country.
The main thrust of the Strategy is the establishment of a National Integrity System (NIS). NIS will institute anti-corruption reforms and promote ethical culture in all the sectors of the economy and in institutions which were perceived as more corrupt during the Governance and Corruption Baseline Survey. The NIS has eight pillars that recognise the public as a launch pad for spearheading a national anti-corruption drive. The pillars are the Executive, Legislature, Judiciary, Private sector, Civil Society, Faith Based Organizations, Traditional leaders and the media. The Strategy is intended to achieve three broad objectives. These are to promote integrity, transparency and improve service delivery in all sectors; to promote public involvement in the fight against corruption; and to intensify prevention of corruption and promotion of integrity in all sectors.
Implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Strategy is being done by a National Integrity Committee (NIC) comprising members drawn from all sectors of Malawi. The NIC is mandated to get reports from Institutional Integrity Committees for evaluation and informing the public on the progress. The NIC reports to the State President and Cabinet on the implementation of the Strategy. Currently the composition of the NIC is as follows:
- Bishop Dr Joseph Bvumbwe Chairman (Representing also the faith-based community)
- Mrs Hawa Ndilowe Member (Representing the Executive)
- Hon Henry Chimunthu Banda Member (Representing the Legislature)
- Mr Patrick Semphere Member (Representing the Media)
- Senior Chief Kaomba Member (Representing Traditional Leaders)
- Sheik Kanyamula Member (Representing the Faith-based community)
- Mr Matthews Chikankheni Member (Representing Private Sector)
Presently the NACS which has been under implementation for about 4 years, will soon undergo a review. A process to hire a consultant to conduct this review is underway with funding from the DFID and Royal Norwegian Embassy.
A copy of the NACS can be accessed here