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.
|Agency||Current programme responsibilities||Management/functional responsibilities||New country programmes|
|Commonwealth Business Council (CBC)||Mobilisation of private sector corporate governance and training link to G8 Africa action plan – high level diffusion||Overall coordination including M&E, financial management and reporting|
|The African Institute for Corporate Citizenship (AICC)||Information portal lead: APRM/benchmarking and training and capacity building||Hub 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 project||Hub link to SADC, hub link to civil society SC Member||Lesotho, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana|
|The Southern African Forum Against Corruption (SAFAC)||SADC national programmes||Link to AU, link to Africa anticorruption agencies|
|BAAC Malawi||Malawi programme codes of conduct||SC Member||Zambia, Tanzania|
|The Convention on Business Integrity||Nigeria programme lead: Integrity ratings||Hub Link to West Africa SC member||Senegal, Ghana|
|Business Council for Africa, Cameroon||Cameroon programme link to francophone Africa||Hub 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 Member||Ghana|
|Anti Corruption Commission, Lesotho||Lesotho national programme||Hub link to SADC||Lesotho|
|Zambia Business Forum||Zambia national programme||Hub link to SADC||Zambia|
|Tanzania Private Sector Forum and the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau||Tanzania national programme||Hub link to East Africa||Tanzania|
Commonwealth Business Council (CBC)
African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC)Malawi