Implementation of the UNCAC in the Indo-Pacific

Australia will support countries in the Indo-Pacific region to strengthen the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) via partnerships with UN agencies, including in the Pacific ($5.56 million (AUD) July 2016–June 2020) and South and Southeast Asia ($7.47 million (AUD) October 2016–September 2020).

Completion Status:
Fulfilled

Commitment filtering:

Specific:yes

The commitment is specific because it has a clear policy focus, namely it identifies the provision of financial support to countries in the Indo-Pacific region to strengthen the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).

Measurable:yes

The commitment is measurable as the level of Australian support for UNCAC implementation has been clearly stated through the concrete action of providing an exact financial commitment to specific regions in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Evaluation:

Australia supported implementation of UNCAC in the Pacific through the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) project. The project received AUD$6.1 million (US$4.35 million) in support between 2017 and 2020.1 Australia also supported UNCAC implementation in South and South East Asia through a AUD$7.4 million (US$5.27 million) programme delivered between 2016 and 2020.2 Both programmes were delivered through UN agencies and funded by Australia’s international development programme.

 

Opportunities to accelerate commitment implementation
Australia is a party to UNCAC and is therefore encouraged to enhance its financial and material assistance to support the efforts of developing countries to prevent and fight corruption effectively, and to help them implement UNCAC.3 International assistance to support UNCAC implementation in the region is welcomed by stakeholders, including civil society. Ongoing support for UNCAC implementation is consistent with the high priority given to governance, anti-corruption and justice in Australia’s international development programme.4

 

Recommendations
It is recommended that Australia continues to make specific, measurable and timebound commitments to support UNCAC implementation in the region through ongoing financial support to its development partners.

 

Sources:
  1. Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, DFAT management response: Mid-Term Independent Project Evaluation UN-PRAC, https://www.dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Pages/un-prac-mid-term-independent-project-eval-dfat-management-response
    30 Dec 2021
  2. Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, DFAT Management Response: Mid-term Independent Project Evaluation — Global Program Segment Asia-Pacific Joint Action Towards a Global Regime against Corruption (2016-2020), https://www.dfat.gov.au/about-us/publications/Pages/unodc-asia-pacific-joint-action-towards-a-global-regime-against-corruption-ipe-management-resp
    30 Dec 2021
  3. United Nations Convention Against Corruption, Article 62., https://www.unodc.org/documents/brussels/UN_Convention_Against_Corruption.pdf  
    30 Dec 2021
  4. Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Development Assistance: Governance, https://www.dfat.gov.au/development/topics/investment-priorities/governance
    30 Dec 2021

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