A Special Conference to be held at James Madison University’s Washington Center
facility, in Washington, DC, February 2024.
Conference dates: 7-9 February 2024
Co-sponsored by JMU’s Department of Political Science and the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship.
This Conference will be held concurrently with the hybrid 14th Annual African, African American, and Diaspora Studies (AAAD) Conference hosted by James Madison University, 7-10 February 2024. Attendees will have virtual access to the AAAD conference proceedings in Harrisonburg, VA.
Various local and international actors stepped up campaigns and the ‘fight against corruption’ in development discourse and practice following the failure of structural adjustment programs in low-income countries. Efforts to link Corruption and development and work that suggested the existence of a corruption-development nexus ensued. The view that Corruption threatens national development and good governance subsequently became common in most African countries. This should be juxtaposed with the fact that African countries tend to be the worst performers in surveys and indexes of Corruption around the world.
Research does consistently show that systemic Corruption, particularly illicit financial flows, and
money laundering, undermines development. The African Union (AU) acknowledges the harmful effects of Corruption and that it undermines development, transparency, and accountability in public administration. The continental body recognizes the need to address the root causes of Corruption in Africa. Hence, in 2003 it adopted the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption. Forty-eight AU member states have ratified the convention, which came into force in 2006. The AU also created the Anti-Corruption Advisory Board to handle Corruption and related matters in Africa. In 2018, the AU inaugurated the anti-corruption year in the continued bid to stop corruption in Africa. This is in addition to the AU designating 11 July the annual Anti-Corruption Day for Africa, AU member states and the communities in member states to reflect on progress in the anti-Corruption fight.
Notwithstanding the instruments, measures, and initiatives, Corruption in Africa seems rife, unabated, and increasing exponentially.
Against this backdrop, the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn), Department of Political Sciences, at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and the Department of Political Science, James Madison University, USA, will host a series of panels on African anti-corruption measures, entitled “Accountability in African Public Policy and Administration.” This series of panels continues the work of the International Conference on “(Anti-)Corruption and Public Debt” held at the University of Pretoria in September 2023. We aim to contribute to public debates and work that promotes development by focusing on Corruption and how to address it. The conference will explore ways to curb Corruption and address issues of public debt associated with Corruption, as well as the challenging conditions in which a plethora of anti-corruption agencies operate.