Strategic & operational capacity of anti-corruption agencies

The majority of Nigerians consider high level corruption as being destructive for the country (Nigerian Poverty Assessment 207, Global Corruption Barometer 2010). 

Nigeria ranked 134 out of 178 countries in the Transparency International Corruption Index (2010) and 63% of Nigerians reported paying a bribe for a public service over the course of a year (Global Corruption Barometer 2010).

Our work aims to increase public trust and confidence in the rule of law in anti-corruption efforts through an increase in the number of successful investigations and prosecutions. We aim to:

  • strengthen capacity in anti-corruption agencies in the areas of strategic planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • increase skills and capacity to manage and conduct investigations and prosecutions
  • improve the data management and analysis of cases
  • strengthen institutions so that they meet international standards of legislature and regulatory development (drafting, implementation and monitoring).

What people say about J4A's work

'This is a good model for investigations and for our organisation. It has given us the impetus for better co-ordinated investigations, and for clarity about the characteristics of various kinds of cases we handle, especially major cases.'

- Director Admin, Code of Conduct Bureau Abuja

'This training has widened my knowledge in the area of financial crimes investigations. This course provides the platform to be well equipped for future challenges in the fight against corruption. The Major Case Management (MCM) model is of a high standard and in line with global best practice. The combined law enforcement task force investigations on the Warff and Tin-Can Island in Lagos adopted the MCM and the result was fantastic.'

- Principal Superintendent, Investigations Unit, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission Abuja

Our aim

  • Increase the numbers of successful investigations and prosecutions
  • Reduce impunity for high-level corruption
  • Reduce low-level corruption
  • Increase the availability of public funds for poverty-reducing social services
  • Contribute to economic growth through increased national and foreign direct investment
  • Increase the understanding of gender issues within/outside anti-corruption organisations
  • Increase public trust and confidence in the rule of law in anti-corruption efforts

Our approach

  • Strategic and organisational development plans for anti-corruption agencies (ACAs)
  • Training: change management and leadership, investigation, prosecution, data gathering and management and analytical skills
  • Law review and implementation
  • Co-ordination mechanisms across ACAs
  • Lesson learning and replication

Who we work with

Anti-corruption agencies (ACAs)

  • Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC)
  • Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)
  • Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
  • Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit  (NFIU)

Supervisory and regulatory bodies

  • Federal Ministry of Justice (FMoJ) 
  • Legislature
  • Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

Delivering results

  • Strategic plans implemented by the ICPC, CCB, EFCC and NFIU
  • National Assembly takes steps towards the passage of J4A anti-corruption bills
  • 429 prosecutors and investigators from EFCC, ICPC, NFIU, CCB, FMoJ and the Nigeria Police Force trained
  • Draft Administration of Criminal Justice bill receives strong support from CSOs and National Assembly
  • Bill for the creation of the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Centre passed
  • New case management systems implemented by EFCC, ICPC and the NPF
  • 1,182 billion naira in assets recovered by the ICPC in 2013, compared to 269 million naira in 2012