October 2013: Promoting Strong Public Sector Ethics in Tanzania

Ensuring that public leaders act with honesty and uphold the highest possible ethical standards in performing their official duties is vital to effective public administration.  In line with this, Cowater International and The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) are jointly implementing the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (formerly the Canadian International Development Agency)-funded Support to the Ethics Secretariat Project in Tanzania to promote ethical leadership in the country.    This $2 million dollar project will, over its 3-year lifespan, strengthen the practice of ethical public leadership in Tanzania. It will do so by improving the Ethics Secretariat’s ability to enforce Tanzania’s Public Leadership Code of Ethics (PLCE) by strengthening the results-based orientation of its planning and management systems, introducing risk-based approaches to investigation, and by building the capacity of the Secretariat’s Legal Services Unit to prepare cases for Tanzania’s Ethics Tribunal. It will also pursue these objectives by strengthening Government of Tanzania systems for preventing conflicts of interest in the public sector; and by building public awareness of the PLCE and of the responsibilities of public officials under the Act.

The project is well underway with the team mobilized, and implementation activities having commenced in January 2013. To date, among other things, training and resource needs have been identified, asset declaration processes have been analyzed, and process mapping has been completed as a first step to improving the complaints handling process.