Geo Quinot, director of APPRRU, participated in the International Anti-Corruption Academy’s (IACA) second Regional Summer Academy – Eastern Africa (its first in Africa), held from 3 to 9 September 2016 in Kampala, Uganda.
The event brought together 60 professionals from 15 countries in the East Africa region and Burkina Faso. The course explored topics including institutional integrity, measuring corruption, law enforcement, resistance to political corruption, monitoring and compliance, and regional lessons and best practices.
Quinot’s session focused on “Anti-Corruption in the Area of Public Procurement – Lessons Learned and Best Practices”. During the session participants explored the linkages between public procurement law and anti-corruption measures, the central role of transparency rules in curbing corruption in procurement, the practice of placing restrictions on a range of persons, preventing them from participating in public procurement, the role of effective supplier remedies in the fight against corruption in procurement and on the rise of ombuds institutions such as integrity commissions and anti-corruption bodies. Participants also shared experiences in holding public officials accountable, including in criminal prosecutions, for corruption in procurement and how best to go about ensuring efficient procurement processes while also bringing those intent on corrupt activities to book.
The IACA Regional Summer Academy – Eastern Africa was funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation, in cooperation with IACA. More information on the event can be found in the programme brochure.