NACIWA adopts a new constitution and strengthens its anti-drug trafficking commitment in West Africa
On 8-9 June 2015, an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Network of Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA) took place in Bamako, Mali, with technical and financial support from UNODC and the government of Denmark. The meeting aimed to amend the NACIWA Constitution and explore the linkages between drug trafficking, organised crime and corruption in West Africa. The General Assembly brought together heads and representatives of anti-corruption institutions from Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Representatives from the African Development Bank, UNODC as well as civil society organisations also took part in the meeting.
At the end of the meeting, the NACIWA members adopted a revised constitution and committed to strength West African anti-corruption institutions, in the interest notably of promoting economic and social development. Calls were also made for the governments in the region to mobilise additional resources to curb illicit financial flows and adopt legislation in line with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Finally, members expressed concern over the growing flows of illegal migrants. The new NACIWA Constitution is available here.
NACIWA is an independent, non-profit association established by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). As part of its mandate as the official guardian of UNCAC, UNODC provides support to governments and organisations fighting against corruption notably in West and Central Africa.