The NCPA’s second anniversary: celebrating two years of cooperation against corruption The NCPA’s second anniversary: celebrating two years of cooperation against corruption

On 16 October 2018, the Declaration for a Network of Corruption Prevention Authorities was opened to signature in Šibenik, Croatia. Gathered by a high-level conference of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), 17 leaders of anti-corruption bodies signed this Declaration, in which they pledged to build a new international network. The NCPA was hence launched, with a view to strengthening peer-to-peer cooperation to better detect and prevent corruption around the world.

Today, two years later, the NCPA has become a vibrant global network dedicated to exchanging information, sharing good practices, and finding concrete solutions to address corruption more effectively. First presided by the Italian Anti-Corruption Authority (ANAC) in 2019, and now by the French Anti-Corruption Agency (AFA), the Network has rapidly expanded its outreach and consolidated its activities.

Starting with 17 agencies mostly from the European continent, the NCPA currently brings together 29 member authorities, 1 observer and 4 affiliated partners from various regions of the world and different sectors of society. Indeed, cooperation between national public bodies and multiple stakeholders has been developed through the establishment of valuable working relations.

Since 2018, seven plenary meetings and several other events have been held by the NCPA, providing a wealth of opportunities for operational discussions between prominent anti-corruption practitioners. Moreover, many publications and resources have been made available online, such as the technical guide on codes of conduct or the global mapping of anti-corruption authorities. Benefiting from the continuous support of the Council of Europe, the Network has been conducting numerous cooperation projects and promoting anti-corruption best standards.

In 2020, the NCPA celebrates two years of achievements in enhancing international cooperation against corruption. This second anniversary offers an occasion to take stock of the progress made and to plan the way forward. In these challenging times, the NCPA endeavors to keep working tirelessly, to keep connecting anti-corruption actors, remotely if necessary, and to keep pushing for a global culture of integrity. Today, as ever, the NCPA remains committed to spare no effort to fight corruption across the world.

Promoting a knowledge-based approach to business integrity Promoting a knowledge-based approach to business integrity

The NCPA is proud to announce its new partnership with the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement (PCCE) of the New York University School of Law. PCCE is a law and research program dedicated to developing a richer and deeper understanding of the causes of corporate misconduct and the nature of effective enforcement and compliance. Through practical discourse and legal scholarship, PCCE seeks to help shape optimal enforcement policy, guide firms in developing more effective and robust compliance programs, and enhance education in the field of corporate compliance and enforcement.

Thanks to the exchange of ideas, experiences, and best practices between corruption prevention authorities and leading compliance experts, the NCPA endeavors to promote a knowledge-based approach to business integrity. As a matter of fact, by carrying out rigorous research, analysis, and evidence review, in close collaboration with its partners of PCCE and the Basel Institute on Governance, the NCPA aims at identifying and implementing constructive ways to prevent corruption in both public and private companies across the world.

Building bridges of integrity: New meaningful partnerships for the NCPA Building bridges of integrity: New meaningful partnerships for the NCPA

The NCPA is proud to announce the recently established partnerships with the  Eastern Africa Association of Anti-Corruption (EAAACA) and the Basel Institute on Governance. These two entities allow NCPA to build a qualified institutional dialogue with additional agencies (from Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda) and sectors. In particular, the Basel Institute, an independent not-for-profit competence centre, brings-in direct experience of collective action and peer learning to promote good governance and fight to corruption (Read more). 

NCPA is committed to developing mutually beneficial actions with these two new partners, and look forward to welcome additional members and partners.

Corruption prevention must play a key role in the global response to COVID-19 Corruption prevention must play a key role in the global response to COVID-19

Statement by the Network of Corruption Prevention Authorities (NCPA)

As indicated by GRECO’s President, the COVID-19 outbreak increases corruption risks because “countries face undeniable emergencies, concentration of power, derogation of rights and freedoms, and as large amounts of money are infused into the economy to alleviate the crisis corruption risks should not be underestimated”.

This global crisis demands a common response and coordinated solutions. Considering responses from international organizations – GRECO, OECD, UNODC, among others – and national anti-corruption agencies, we, members of the NCPA, strongly believe that prevention can and must play, an essential role in defusing the risk that the coronavirus pandemic will bring about a corruption pandemic. Therefore, both regulators and economic actors are called upon to seriously and expeditiously consider integrating qualified instruments of corruption prevention in their decision-making processes and operations including, but not limited to:

  • Enhanced transparency, for a regular and orderly publication and storage of relevant data, open to immediate and/or ex-post scrutiny of qualified anti-corruption authorities, professionals, engaged NGOs and other representatives of civil society, as well as all citizens, in order to strengthen trust in the integrity of decision-makers and institutions;
  • Simplified, fast-track procedures for public and private procurement, through the use of preliminary affidavits, paired with clauses of reinforced accountability and ex-post auditing;
  • Facilitated use of online portals, such as dedicated computer-based databanks, e-procurement platforms, conflict of interests’ hubs, open systems for whistleblowing and lobbying;
  • Reinforced and improved efforts to ensure whistleblowers’ support and protection.

These are just some of the tools for preventing corruption that may be used in a situation of emergency. They must be wisely selected and rapidly put in place, in light of previous experiences, early red flags from the market, as well as intelligence on organized crime gathered by domestic law enforcement agencies and foreign anti-corruption institutions.

17-18 October 2019, Tunis, Tunisia 17-18 October 2019, Tunis, Tunisia

The anti-corruption authorities of Jordan, Morocco, North Macedonia and Tunisia joined the Network of Corruption Prevention Authorities at the its meeting in Tunis held on 17-18 October 2019. In addition, the Tunisian Anti-corruption Authority (INLUCC) signed Memorandums of Understanding with its Moroccan and Jordanian counterparts. This meeting marks the enhancement of collaboration opportunities in the anti-corruption field with anti-corruption authorities in the MENA region by facilitating the exchange of anti-corruption good practices and establishing information exchange channels while also providing international exposure of anti-corruption agencies of the region.

For more information on this event, see here: link to the news.

15-16 October 2018, Sibenik, Croatia 15-16 October 2018, Sibenik, Croatia

The Network of Corruption Prevention Authorities was launched at the High Level Conference of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) of the Council of Europe “Strengthening transparency and accountability to ensure integrity: united against corruption” held in Šibenik (Croatia) on 15-16 October 2018, to promote the systematic collection, management and exchange of information, intelligence and good practices between anti-corruption authorities. The corruption prevention agencies of 17 countries signed the founding Declaration, joining the Network, including Albania, Azerbaijan, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Italy, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Ukraine.

For more information on this event, see here: link to the news