Saturday, February 20, 2010

Mandates -DEI

Directorate of Ethics and Integrity (DEI)
DEI was established in 1998 and placed under the Office of the President. The political leadership of DEI is provided by a State Minister for Ethics and Integrity who is a Cabinet Minister. This was in one way to demonstrate government’s political will to fight corruption and build a culture of ethics and integrity in the management of public affairs (Skills in Ethical Decision Making, 2003).

The mission statement is to strengthen accountability and integrity in all sectors of public life and according to the anti-corruption progress report (2004) the main roles of the Directorate are:
• Coordinating anti-corruption efforts in the country. This role involves coordinating activities of the constitutional bodies or agencies with an anticorruption mandate like Inspector General of Government (IGG) and Auditor General (AG) among others Formulating Anti corruption policy for and reviewing the relevant legal provisions.
• Spearheading the development of ethical and integrity standards.
• Causing capacity to be built among public anti-corruption agencies and;
• Facilitating the development of mechanism for monitoring and evaluation of performance. This involves undertaking spot-checks, monitoring and identification of particular cases for deterrent measures.

It was observed through interviews and noted that DEI has successfully spearheaded the Inter Agency Forum (IAF), a platform that brings together all AC agencies in Uganda. The focus of IAF is on corruption which is not as wide as accountability and, such a success of IAF cannot be said of Accountability Sector. Efforts should be made to learn from the IAF coordination.

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