“Europe’s contribution to anti-corruption efforts in Sub-Saharan Africa” – EPC Policy Brief

Following on from the publication of the World Bank Report on ‘quiet corruption in Africa’, this Policy Brief by the European Policy Centre (EPC) says corruption is costing African economies $148 billion a year as lax regulations allow socially-irresponsible European companies to milk many Sub-Saharan African countries of their assets. The authors John T Kaninda and Stefan Schepers describe how the European Union is planning to tackle the problem using anti-corruption clauses in the Economic Partnership Agreements, but they suggest that a more effective solution would be to introduce an African-owned and led ‘peer review mechanism’ of all businesses operating in Africa. Without explicitly referring to the Joint Africa – EU Strategy, this paper focuses on EU action which are part of it, such as the promotion of the African Peer Review Mechanism (which is the second priority action of the Partnership on Democratic Governance and Human Rights) and other activities of the Parnership on Trade, Regional Integration and Infrastructure. Read the paper here.

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