Burkina Faso aims to strengthen its national anti-corruption institution

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Two workshops were held on 6-7 July and 17-18 August 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, to validate the texts governing its main anti-corruption institution ( "Autorité supérieure de contrôle d'Etat", referred to hereafter as ASCE).

Sixty people from the government, private sector and civil society, as well as representatives from sister anti-corruption institutions in Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Niger and Senegal, attended the workshops organized by the ASCE with UNODC support.

The Burkinabe anti-corruption body underwent a peer review in April 2015 conducted by experts from UNODC and sister organisations in the region. This assessment revealed the need for the ASCE to align itself with international standards of anti-corruption institutions.

As such, the main objective of these workshops was to reorganize the ASCE through an updated constitution promoting more efficient processes and greater effectiveness in the fight against corruption.

workshop participants
workshop participants

The training was delivered in form of interactive presentations by the experts, which allowed the participants to ask questions and make comments. The presentations, which were delivered during the three days of training, covered the role of victims and witnesses in the criminal justice process; victimisation; whistle-blowers; access to justice and fair treatment of victims and witnesses during the different phases of the judicial process: pre-trial, trial and post-trial; and measures concerning vulnerable groups.

On the last day of the session, the participants were divided by groups according to their role in the criminal justice system to identify the measures, based on the training they had received, they can implement from now on when treating with victims and witnesses. Once each group had finished with a clear outline, their conclusions were presented in a plenary session for the other groups and experts to provide comments and recommendations.

This training was an implementation of one of the recommendations of the First Regional Meeting of the Sahel countries on the protection of victims and witnesses organized by UNODC in Nouakchott, Mauritania, from 2 to 4 December 2014, at the end of which the deliverance of initial and continuous training was found to be necessary for all criminal justice officials and other actors in contact with victims and witnesses. This event was made possible thanks to the financial contribution on Austria.