On the African Anti-Corruption Day, information on the relevant activities of the African Union, a continental international organisation whose aim is to strengthen cooperation among African countries also in fighting corruption, has been published in the section “Profiles of International Organisations”.
On 11 July 2003, the African Union adopted the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption to step up the fight against corruption which is a widespread phenomenon in Africa. The document covers a wide range of corruption crimes, including domestic and foreign bribery, trading in influence, illicit enrichment, money laundering etc. Moreover, the Convention is the first international document to impose on its States parties the obligation rather than to provide a recommendation (as is the case with the UN Convention against Corruption) to adopt measures to counter bribery in the private sector and ensure transparency of political financing.
The African Union Advisory Board on Corruption is in charge of monitoring the implementation of the Convention and providing assistance in countering corruption to the African Union member States.