Public and other stakeholder’s participation in the fight against corruption
Public participation is the pillar of the struggle against corruption in Ethiopia. That is why a separate Directorate (Ethics building and Public Participation Coordination) is established for the sole purpose of coordinating and mobilizing the efforts of ethics infrastructures, which include voluntarily established anti-corruption forums and clubs, Transparency Ethiopia and civic and professional associations, among others.
The Commission has been providing the necessary support to enable ethics infrastructures to further strengthen their contribution in the ongoing fight against corruption and promote the establishment of similar infrastructures.
The FEACC is also working closely with its counterparts in regional states. A joint forum of federal and regional anticorruption institutions is being held twice a year so as to coordinate their anticorruption activities and exchange best practices. The FEACC assists regional anti-corruption institutions in their capacity building efforts.
Partnership at national level
The Commission has been working in close partnership with various stakeholders at national level. The following are the major activities executed in the area:
- The FEACC is working in collaboration with the seven Regional Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commissions (REACCs) (Amhara, Oromiya, Gambella, Beneshangul-Gumuz, Tigray, Harari and the South Ethiopia People’s states.)
- It has launched a joint forum with professional associations, mass organizations, media, law enforcement agencies, chamber of commerce and sectoral associations, religious institutions and non-governmental organizations aiming at strengthening the fight against corruption.
- The Commission has also close working relation with various Ethics Liaison Units established in various public offices and enterprises. Ethics clubs are established at all government schools and most of the higher education institutions. Activities are well underway to establish ethics clubs in various private higher education institutions.
- The National Anti-Corruption Coalition, which is aiming at coordinating and integrating efforts to combat corruption at national level, was established in a conference held from July 2-3, 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Coalition comprises government departments, civil society organizations, opposition political parties and the private sector.
Partnerships at Regional and International level
The Commission has a strong and healthy relationship with many global and regional actors in the struggle against corruption.
- Ethiopia has demonstrated its commitment to fight corruption by joining the global community through singing and ratifying the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) adopted by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
- Ethiopia has been actively participating in various global and regional anti-corruption initiatives like Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
- It is a founding member of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA) and attended the three conferences of the association.
- Our country (FEACC) is also a founding member of the International Association of Anti-corruption Authorities and the African Anti-corruption Authorities Association. Recently, FEACC has become a member of East African Association of Anti-corruption Authorities (EAAACA).
- The Commission has an excellent relationship, among others, with the World Bank, DFID and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
- Ethiopia is a member of the African Union Advisory Board for Corruption.
- We shared experience with our counterparts in other countries, such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.
In general, cognizant of the serious efforts the Commission has been making, the public has begun to rally behind it in the fight against corruption. The public have come to realize that the anti-corruption struggle will not succeed without its active participation. In short, the Commission has managed to make the anti-corruption struggle a popular agenda and it considers such a shift in popular thinking as the most important of all its achievements.