International Anti-Corruption Day is commemorated on 9th December every year around the world, and countries like Somalia wish to understand the global view of corruption and the effects it has had in different countries, while also learning about the need for appropriate measures to prevent and combat corruption.

Speaking at the opening of the third session of the Federal Parliament in March 2018, the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia asserted that “It is undeniable that there are serious corruption allegations in the government perpetuated by some of us. It’s obvious that there is a lack of trust.

”To address this, the Federal Government has initiated a number of initiatives to crack down on offenders and the perpetrators of corruption, as a measure to curb the damage corruption is causing to the country as it embarks upon recovery.

Recent convictions of individuals accused of corruption include a senior official at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and port officials.

Tough talk, arrests and/or convictions of individuals accused of graft might begin to lift the cloud of corruption from Somalia.

However, this move is unlikely to arrest the spread of endemic graft in the long term, unless the country is willing to have a national conversation about corruption and adhere to a coherent, inclusive and clear-cut strategic approach to combating corruption.

Thus, this policy brief investigates the corruption menace within the public sector of the Federal Republic of Somalia, offering recommendations on how the government’s anti-corruption efforts can create a substantial impact on governance, integrity, and accountability across all public service systems.

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