Anti-Corruption

The objective:    The establishment of an effective and cohesive approach to addressing corruption in Solomon Islands.

 

The strategy

RAMSI will work in partnership with the Solomon Islands Government to mainstream anti-corruption across RAMSI and Government programs. Specifically, RAMSI will support the Solomon Islands Government to:

  1. Develop, approve and implement a national Anti-Corruption plan
  2. Establish a permanent Anti-Corruption Taskforce
  3. Become party to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC)
To learn more about some of the specific targets that have been set for each strategy, download the Partnership Framework document.

RAMSI’s work

As much as guns, corruption has undermined Solomon Islanders’ ability to govern their nation effectively. With RAMSI’s support, the Solomon Islands is working to combat corruption.

In January 2008, the Solomon Islands Government committed to a range of anti-corruption activities, including introducing legislation to reform the role of political parties. The Political Parties Integrity reforms aim to reduce the use of corrupt incentives and enhance political stability.

The Government has also committed to establishing an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) by 2010, as well as strengthening the independence of the Office of Auditor-General.

In May 2009, the Partnership Framework identified anti-corruption as one of three key issues that cut across all areas of the partnership’s activities and committed the Government and RAMSI to mainstream anti-corruption efforts across all Solomon Islands Government and RAMSI programs.

The framework outlines a range of targets for the Government to achieve, supported by RAMSI, including the development of a formal Anti-Corruption Policy, the establishment of an Anti-Corruption Taskforce, signing on to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and the establishment of an effective anti-corruption agency.

RAMSI’s support is enabling Solomon Islands to identify and implement its own reform priorities and is helping to lay the foundations for reducing corruption in Solomon Islands in the longer-term.

The formation and activities of the Solomon Islands Anti-Corruption Taskforce have been strongly supported by RAMSI. This Taskforce is co-chaired by the Special Secretary to the Prime Minister and the Auditor-General and consists of senior representatives from the Law Reform Commission, Ombudsman’s Office, Leadership Code Commission, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ministry of Public Service, Attorney-General’s Chambers, Ministry of Finance, Office of the Auditor-General and the non-government organisations Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Transparency Solomon Islands.

In 2009 the Government conducted a feasibility study into the proposed ICAC and has begun developing its national Anti-Corruption Policy through a series of nationwide workshops funded by RAMSI.

RAMSI remains committed to supporting the Solomon Islanders' fight against corruption.

In ten special audits conducted into government departments and agencies following RAMSI’s arrival, it was found that SBD $433 million had been lost or foregone through corruption or maladministration (An Auditor-General’s Insights into Corruption in Solomon Islands Government, 2007.)