A high-level meeting of heads of anti-corruption agencies in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) last month was a chance to take stock of member countries’ efforts to tackle corruption.

The meeting allowed for a reflection on many ongoing activities and discussions around Collective Action in the region this year. It was the perfect opportunity to reflect on how to galvanise joint efforts against the region’s biggest scourge.

This guidance seeks to capture and explore the innovative approaches that African governments have developed to address the demand and supply sides of corruption more effectively and sustainably. It is designed to help government institutions, in particular national anti-corruption agencies, engage with the private sector more effectively to prevent corruption.

From 13 to 16 July 2015, the United Nations Office on Drugs on Crime (UNODC), the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network of South Africa (ARINSA), the Government of the Republic of Namibia, the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG) and the International Center of Asset Recovery (ICAR) conducted a workshop for senior judges and magistrates from Eastern and Southern Africa on proceeds of crime and money laundering in Swakopmund, Namibia.

Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs), which represent a country’s official authority for receiving financial information disclosures, are regularly at the forefront of tackling money laundering and terrorist financing. Not surprisingly, they also play a critical role in the asset recovery process. An increasing number of investigations leading to the tracing, identification, seizing/freezing and confiscation of illegal assets are triggered by FIU reports to law enforcement agencies.