Burkina Faso launched its first master's programme on anti-corruption
Education is a fundamental tool to prevent crime and corruption. In addition to promoting a culture that supports the rule of law, crime prevention and criminal justice, introducing anti-corruption curricula in higher education also helps to build the capacities of future professionals responsible for the fight against corruption.
UNODC is strongly committed to promoting the teaching of the fight against corruption in universities. To this end, a regional workshop gathering representatives of universities from West and Central Africa was held in Doha, Qatar, in June 2015. On this occasion, participants called for the universities in the region to strongly commit to introduce anti-corruption courses and curricula in their teaching and research programmes, with the support of UNODC Anti-Corruption Academic (ACAD) Initiative.
Considering the commitment and interest shown by Burkinabe institutions and the favorable national context for the fight against corruption, as proven by the adoption of two anti-corruption laws in 2016, it was decided to organize, in collaboration with UNESCO, a national workshop on the integration of the teaching of anti-corruption at the university. This workshop was held in Ouagadougou in July 2016, gathering professors from different universities of Burkina Faso, as well as representatives of local and regional institutions active in the field of education and anti-corruption.
On this occasion, Ouaga II University agreed to establish a master's programme on anti-corruption. Subsequently, a Coordination Committee was appointed to lead the process of conception and establishment of the master.
In March 2017, a meeting of the Coordination Committee took place at Ouaga II University, resulting in the adoption of Terms of Reference and action plan for the creation of the master's programme, as well as the establishment of a Pedagogical Committee in charge of drafting the master's project. UNODC encouraged and secured the inclusion of a female professor in this committee in order to promote gender equality and the equal representation of female and male in the commitee.
The master's project was developed with technical support from UNODC and Tunisian academics, who shared their own experience with the Burkina academics in a South-South cooperation perspective.
Further to the approval of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Social Science and Economics, the master's host, and the Council of the University, the master was officially launched in January 2019, bringing together 25 professionals with various background. In addition to promoting a culture of integrity, this master aims to build the capacities of future professionals to be in charge of fighting corruption.
In supporting the fight against corruption through this master's programme, UNODC, through the Regional Programme for West Africa (2016-2020), intends to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, which calls to "Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels", while linking it to SDG 4, i.e. "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all" and SG5 5 on gender equality. This result was achieved under the framework of the Sahel Programme covering Burkina Faso.