Review of the implementation of the ECOWAS Protocol on the fight against corruption
Adopted at the session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held in Dakar on 21st December 2001, and ratified by nine (09) countries, the protocol on the fight against corruption aims, among others, to promote the harmonization and coordination of national anti-corruption laws and policies.
Twenty years on, it should be noted that there are some achievements regarding the legal and institutional framework of the fight against corruption in the ECOWAS region, but that these achievements risk being compromised by several threats or weaknesses.
In order to assess the level of implementation of the Protocol and to analyze its compliance and effectiveness, the Regional Hub of Transparency International set up a group of ten (10) experts who conducted a comprehensive review of the measures taken to transpose and implement its obligations.
The review found that while some efforts are commendable, many challenges remain which justify several recommendations that were made.