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World engineers organization to conduct infrastructure anti-corruption

July 2, 2017

By Wallace Mawire

 

Engineer Martin Manuhwa, WFEO Vice President

Engineer Martin Manuhwa, WFEO Vice President

The World Federation of Engineering Organizations
(WFEO) Committee on Anti-­‐Corruption (CAC) is
conducting a baseline infrastructure anti-corruption
survey in Zambia and Zimbabwe, according to Engineer
Martin Manuhwa, WFEO Vice President and Chair of the Anti-Corruption
Committee.

Manuhwa is the Chairman of the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe
(ECZ) the National Member of WFEO.
According to Manuhwa, this is a pilot project which
was awarded to WFEO by the Royal Academy of
Engineering in the United Kingdom (UK).

“The aim of this baseline survey is to
create future periodic infrastructure anti-orruption
index reports as well as give anti-­‐corruption
strategies and recommendations for Governments,
Corporates, Civil Society
and the Federation of African Engineering
Organisations (FAEO), and their regional Professional
Engineering Institutions (PEIs),” Manuhwa said.

The WFEO committee on Anti-­‐corruption which is
hosted by Zimbabwe under the auspices of the Engineering
Council of Zimbabwe
(ECZ)) has been commissioned to undertake the
baseline Infrastructure Anticorruption Survey in two
Sub-­Saharan African Countries and prepare a
preliminary/scoping study to establish an
anticorruption index in the sector.

According to ECZ, the construction sector plays a
vital role in supporting social and economic
development, yet it is consistently ranked – in
both the developed and developing world as
one of the most corrupt areas of economic
activity.

It is reported that the costs of corruption in the
public sector construction projects extend far beyond
increased contract prices.
It is added that corruption can hinder a nation’s
social and economic development at grass-­roots
level by undermining the rule of law and
hindering the growth of strong and accountable
institutions on which sustained economic growth
depends. Corruption can also result in unnecessary,
unsuitable, defective or dangerous projects and
projects which are often subject to severe
delays.

Manuhwa said that WFEO and FAEO through the project
can greatly increase the ability of stakeholders
to reduce corruption by exposing corrupt practices
and offering information on how to reduce
corruption.

The organisations report that the compelling need for
the project in Sub Saharan Africa is to equip
stakeholders in infrastructure development
through WFEO with the tools to detect, deter,
and develop anti-corruption tools to reduce
corruption so as to channel development funds
and aid into its rightful use.

The aim of the Project is to advance
knowledge on how corruption can be curbed in
Sub Saharan Africa and elsewhere through achieving
zero tolerance to corruption, hence increasing the
rate of development for the region.

The objectives of the project are to conduct an extensive survey
on monitoring corruption and quality of governance that documents the
diversity of contemporary governance landscapes, regulatory frames and
anti-corruption strategies in the Sub Saharan African countries
selected in this case Zambia and Zimbabwe, document the findings
especially the impact and cost of corruption through a variety of case
studies across the selected countries and to establish the
feasibility of a preliminary/prototype panel data-set of indicators
(Infrastructure Anti-corruption Index) allowing the tracing of
corruption levels over time by country and region through identifying
new indicators documented in the project with established,
perception-based ones.

The results will be delivered in workshops,
publications and conferences organised by FAEO.
Manuhwa said that the project will be very relevant
to the Africa catalyst project since it will
make WFEO and FAEO more visible and acceptable
in the eyes of Governments, International
Development Agencies and donors. He said the stakeholders
will benefit from the developed tools which
will greatly enhance the efficient and effective
application of their funds through reduced
corruption.

“More funds will be appropriately applied to
the projects hence reducing poverty and increasing
development. The Monitoring and evaluation of the
project will be through third part assessments,” he
said.

 

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