UNECA to study corrupt infrastructure procurement in Africa

23 March 2015

The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has launched a study into the impact of corruption in public procurement in Africa.

The research seeks to show the negative effects of corruption in public purchasing on Africa’s infrastructure development and to propose policy recommendations to tackle it.

The macroeconomic policy division said it was preparing the framework study in line with its initiatives on combating corruption and improving governance in Africa. The study is part of the Regional Anti-Corruption Programme for Africa (RACPA), which started in 2011.

UNECA said public procurement systems in Africa have increasingly become a target for corrupt practices, creating a major obstacle to economic growth and development.

The study will highlight the public procurement systems in some African countries, and outline key challenges and the legal and institutional reforms put in place by governments over the years. Based on best practices identified within and outside the region, recommendations will be proposed to policy-makers on how to address public procurement corruption in infrastructure.

It is estimated African countries lose about $148 billion (£98 billion) per year as a result of corruption.

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