APNAC SECRETARIAT

LE SECRÉTARIAT APNAC

The current African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption (APNAC)’s Secretariat was formed since January 2010 under the Canadian Parliamentary Centre’s Africa Parliamentary Strengthening Program (APSP) for Budget Oversight, a 5-year program funded itself by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) of Canada. The Secretariat of APNAC, which had hitherto operated from offices in Nairobi, Kenya, was moved to Accra, Ghana, from where it had operated under the auspices of the Parliamentary Centre’s Africa Poverty Reduction Office (APRO). The APNAC’s Secretariat is headed by an Executive Director, who works with a small team at the Secretariat level and in close consultation with the APNAC Board, Africa Region. The Secretariat benefits working and guidance supports from some Resource Persons (especially from some anticorruption specialists) across the Continent and collaborates closely with the local/national chapters’ secretariats where it exists to implement the Network’s Continental programs. The Secretariat is temporarily relocated within the premises of the Parliament of Ghana, at the State House in Osu, Accra. Serving as institutional memory to the Network, the Secretariat maintains the relationships between the Network membership, its various partners and other sister organizations.

APNAC SECRETARIAT FUNCTIONS

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To provide information clearing-house services such as provision of advice to chapters on implementation of the work plan and facilitation of access to information and expertise in support of specific anticorruption actions;

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To facilitate the development and dissemination of guidance materials (manuals, training courses, handbooks) to support implementation of the work plan by the different chapters;

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To keep the records and archives of the organization, including to handle the financial and logistical organization and reporting of all project-related activities as specified in the yearly work plans;

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To promote the exchange of relevant anticorruption information and sharing of best ideas and experiences between APNAC chapters;

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To promote the establishment and maintenance of a network of anticorruption stakeholders at the national (country chapters), regional (APNAC-wide) and international levels (GOPAC, Civil Society etc);

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To facilitate meetings and workshops for the Network, in addition to planning the Biennial General Meetings (BGM), ensuring maximum stakeholder participation, and to disseminate the reports and recommendations from such meetings;

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To report to the APNAC Board and the BGM on implementation of the strategic approach (yearly work plans) of the Network;

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To provide guidance to APNAC country chapters in the initiation of project proposals for funding; and

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9. To establish and maintain a working relationship with other strategic partners in order to draw upon its expertise.