Making policy and improving its outcomes are things that excite Astley Henry. “Policy matters,” he says, “because it impacts people’s lives.” In 2016/17 the Commonwealth Secretariat set up a policy unit with Mr Henry in the Government of Antigua and Barbuda’s Cabinet Office. The unit is supporting an effective organisational environment to co-ordinate policy formulation. His work was funded by the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation.
Irene Morikang Tche is a research officer at Cameroon’s National Anti-Corruption Commission. In 2016, she participated in a training programme at the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre (CAACC) in Botswana. She was there with national trainers from anti-corruption agencies (ACAs) of 15 Commonwealth African countries. The programme improved their skills and boosted their knowledge of management, combating corruption in procurement, and professional ethics and integrity.
with lowest levels of corruption are Commonwealth members (Transparency International 2016)
Promoting rule of law
October 2017 was a productive time in The Bahamas. Attorneys-general, law ministers and senior law officials from around the world gathered there at the Commonwealth Law Ministers Meeting.
Our host was attorney-general of The Bahamas, Carl Bethel. He praised the Commonwealth Secretariat for strong initiatives to promote and protect justice. And he welcomed the recently launched Commonwealth Office for Civil and Criminal Justice Reform (OCCJR).
Expanding access to justice
High commissioners were delighted about the launch of the Commonwealth Office for Civil and Criminal Justice Reform (OCCJR). None more so than Muyeba Chikonde from Zambia. “It was a momentous and very important day for us,” he said. “It has demonstrated the relevance of the Commonwealth and is a practical demonstration of what the member states have always been talking about.”
Helping repatriate funds
On 11 May 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, gave the keynote speech at Tackling Corruption Together, a major conference in London. The president, having pledged to drive out corruption in his homeland, called for an international initiative to deal with cross-border corruption and facilitate the return of stolen assets.
Promoting women’s leadership
Every young person has a dream. For law student Francisca Oteng-Mensah it was to serve her country as an MP. Her main reason for wanting to be in government was to help improve access to quality basic education for every child in Ghana. So what if she was a woman in a patriarchal society? That didn’t deter her. It only made her more determined.