BAAC is a private/public/civil society initiative whose main objective is to reduce corruption across Africa. BAAC forms working partnerships between governments, civil society and business in the area of governance. The programme was started from a Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) initiative on corruption mandated by CHOG. As corruption hinders investment, undermines growth and poverty reduction, CHOG called on business and government to work together to remedy the situation.

The pilot project commenced in Botswana in 2003 at the invitation of then President, HE Festus Mogae. The one-year project jointly comprised the Botswana Confederation of Commerce Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) and the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC), and led to the drafting of new Codes of Conduct to deal with disclosure of interest for politicians, civil servants and business leaders; an issue critical to improving the transparency of government contracting. The Codes are now being prepared for legislation.

In the two years following the project, the strategic approach of BAAC was adopted by the Southern African Forum Against Corruption (SAFAC) – the body that links the Southern African Development Community (SADC) anti-corruption commissions. SAFAC is supported by the Human Rights Development Trust of Southern Africa (HURIDETSA), a leading regional human rights NGO that is the secretariat to SAFAC. It has since become a continent-wide private-public coalition against corruption which has brought together previously isolated initiatives from across Africa, including programmes under the Convention on Business Integrity in Nigeria and the continental organisation, African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC), as well as Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Cameroon, Lesotho, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ghana. BAAC now includes countries from southern, central and West Africa.

AgencyCurrent programme responsibilitiesManagement/functional responsibilitiesNew country programmes
Commonwealth Business Council (CBC)Mobilisation of private sector corporate governance and training link to G8 Africa action plan – high level diffusionOverall coordination including M&E, financial management and reporting  
The African Institute for Corporate Citizenship (AICC)Information portal lead: APRM/benchmarking and training and capacity buildingHub link to AU/APRM member steering committee (SC)South Africa, DRC
The Human Rights Trust of Southern African (HURIDETSA)SADC national programmes in SADC, website content/codes projectHub link to SADC, hub link to civil society SC MemberLesotho, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana
The Southern African Forum Against Corruption (SAFAC) SADC national programmes Link to AU, link to Africa anticorruption agencies  
BAAC MalawiMalawi programme codes of conductSC Member Zambia, Tanzania
The Convention on Business Integrity Nigeria programme lead: Integrity ratingsHub Link to West Africa SC memberSenegal, Ghana
Business Council for Africa, CameroonCameroon programme link to francophone AfricaHub link Central Africa and Francophone SC Member 
Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition Ghana national programme Hub link to West Africa, hub link to civil society SC MemberGhana
Anti Corruption Commission, LesothoLesotho national programmeHub link to SADC Lesotho
Zambia Business ForumZambia national programmeHub link to SADC Zambia
Tanzania Private Sector Forum and the Prevention and Combating of Corruption BureauTanzania national programmeHub link to East AfricaTanzania
An African Globe, with all countries in which BAAC operates highlighted

BAAC is currently being implemented in ten African countries: Botswana, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Cameroon, Lesotho, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ghana.


Rohit Badhwar

Program Administrator
Commonwealth Business Council (CBC)

Tel: +44 20 7024 8200
Fax: +44 20 7024 8201

Daisy Kambalame-Kalima

Country Director
African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC)Malawi

Telephone: +265 1 775 766

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