A constellation of factors makes Africa such a fertile ground for corruption, including historical, socio-economic and political dynamics that contribute to the proliferation of the phenomenon.
These include a lack of political will, over-reliance on the extractive sector and the resource scourge, in addition to the quest for power, wealth and prestige. Issues in this regard include complex relationships, alliances, pacts and networks such as aspirations of various groups e.g. the international community (stability, equity and stabilisation), the elites (access), the middle class (self-actualisation) and the average citizen (service delivery). Other drivers of corruption in Africa include the link between economic and political governance and the exploitation of public
The African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption provides a catalogue of acts that are criminalised under several national penal laws and now forms part of the international and regional legal framework for combating corruption.
The acts take various forms and dimensions, including: public corruption, private corruption, grand corruption, petty corruption, bribery, embezzlement, fraud, nepotism, favoritism, abuse of power, conflict of interest, facilitation payment, use of agents and intermediaries, improper political contributions, money laundering, tax evasion, cover quoting or bid rigging, extortion, intimidation, insider trading / abuse of privileged information, fronting, price fixing or anti-competitive practices.
Governance for Africa is working with various international organization as a technical lead in through a variety of methods to mobilise young people around Africa to campaign against corruption wherever it may exist. we intend to continue to bring together young people to serve as key changemakers in our interest towards building a corruption-free world.
The purpose of the youth take lead Initiative includes the following:
- assisting local youth organisations in owning their progress in fighting corruption, particularly with regards to understanding their growth areas, identifying and addressing gaps, and monitoring their performance over time;
- complimenting and supporting the initiatives of youth organizations geared towards fighting corruption and improving the enabling environment for public-private sector growth on the continent.
- ensuring that the role and perspective of the private sector regarding fighting corruption in Africa is properly contextualised and mainstreamed;
- promoting the enabling environment for private sector growth and competitiveness in Africa, as well as public-private partnerships and collective multi-stakeholder action in dealing with the issue of corruption in Africa;