Open Sessions

SOU 57 - Transparency and integrity – leaders in local government

21 Nov

21 November

9:30 to 12:30

Venue: Nador


United Cities and Local Governments of Africa

Tel: +212(0)537 260 062




The UCLG Africa Transparency and Integrity programme seeks to strengthen local governments in order to combat corruption in service delivery. Global concern with corruption, especially its adverse impacts on the poor and vulnerable, has been rising over the years. Sub-national governments must STOP this menace NOW. At the local /sub-national level corruption is particularly debilitating as it adversely affects the poor in profound ways. It permeates various key facets of human development such as democracy, political, economic, and social development and the general well-being of societies. It causes poverty as it severely depletes the resources available to uplift the poor especially in poor countries in the developing world. The UCLG Africa programme on Transparency and Integrity aims to assist sub-national governments curb the scourge of corruption and improve services delivery for the benefit of local citizens. The Session on Transparency and Integrity seeks to present the UCLG Africa programme explaining its aims and objectives. The Session will also present the UCLG Africa’s pilot Transparency and Integrity assessment in order to highlight the importance of the community as a barometer for good responsive local governance. The pilot assessment carried out in Kabarole District, Uganda was the first external testing of a tool developed by Transparency International-Kenya.




The Session will, thus, cover the following:

  1. Presentation of the African perspective on transparency and integrity in governance with particular focus on local and regional levels ;
  2. Presentation of an introduction to the UCLG Africa Transparency and Integrity
  3. Programme highlighting its rationale, objectives and operationalisation.
  4. Presentation of the experiences of a pilot project on the UCLG Africa’s ‘Leaders in
  5. Local Government for Transparency and Integrity in Service Delivery in Africa’.
  6. Presentation of a proposed UCLG Africa Transparency and Integrity Index – a tool that will be available for regular on demand assessment of integrity and transparency practices at local and regional governance institutions.
  7. Panel discussion with participants providing a platform for open questions and contribution to improving the UCLG Africa programme.
  8. Collating Session Recommendations: The recommendations of the Session will be confirmed by participants for onward consideration.


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