The Southern African Forum Against Corruption (SAFAC) is a network of anti-corruption bodies where such exist or representatives of Governments in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

 SAFAC was born out of a resolution of policymakers from the (SADC) after a roundtable meeting in 2002, on the need to create a network of anti-corruption agencies, which would be a regional body for the purposes of mutual cooperation in combating corruption, economic crime and other related offences.

SAFAC’s aim is to build the capacity of anti-corruption agencies in the SADC region to develop effective strategies to fight corruption and at the same time create synergies with various other stakeholders working in the area of anti-corruption.

 

SAFAC has been very instrumental over the past years in lobbying SADC states for the ratification of the SADC Protocol against Corruption, which efforts yielded positive results when the protocol entered into force on the 6th of July 2005. These efforts are in response to the growing concerns of the SAFAC Members on the dangerous effects that corruption and other economic crimes can have on society, its prevalence in the southern African region and that corruption and economic crime can lead to capital flight, misallocation of resources and an increase in poverty. SAFAC members further acknowledge that corruption undermines good governance and that it is trans-boundary in nature hence the need for coordinated regional efforts to deal with the scourge.    

 

SAFAC is managed by a Management Committee. The Management Committee is administered by a Secretariat which is headed by a Secretary General and is currently located in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Secretary General reports to the Management Committee which consists of six members and the current members are Tanzania (which is chairing), Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, However, the Secretariat is still not that well resourced for effective and efficient administration of SAFAC and the Management Committee is still mobilising resources to have a fully fledged and well resourced Secretariat. The Management Committee is responsible for the provision and oversight of administration of SAFAC and the efficient running of all SAFAC structures. Read more