Anti-Corruption Support

Project completed

This intervention aims at fostering an institutional and social environment that is increasingly adverse to corruption. Support to reform-oriented “duty bearers” – by strengthening the technical and procedural capacities of the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) - will be combined with activities enhancing collective action by supporting the private sector for a more transparent business environment and a multi-media campaign inspiring behaviour change of citizens (“right holders”) to strengthen integrity.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Anti-corruption organisations
Legal and judicial development
Public finance management
01.05.2015 - 31.03.2023
CHF  3’449’750

Most international indicators on corruption show a clear deterioration for Tanzania. Corruption has not been effectively addressed by existing institutions and was identified by the private sector as “the” major hurdle to sustainable business development. The newly elected President made the “war against corruption” a top priority and is also walking the talk. This creates an unprecedented momentum to boost anti-corruption both at institutional level as well as by citizens and businesses.


To foster an institutional and social environment that is increasingly adverse to corruption.

Target groups

Direct target groups:

  • PCCB management and case investigators (900)
  • UN Global Compact Network Tanzania (45 companies now, to grow to 150)
  • Citizens (in particular women and men of 15 to 35 years old) and organisations concerned with corruption (around 3 mio. people)
Medium-term outcomes
  1. PCCB’s operational effectiveness is enhanced in relation to the investigation of complex corruption offences and asset recovery including those involving foreign jurisdictions
  2. A change in citizens’ behaviour has been stimulated towards one that encourages citizens to counter corruption and promote integrity
  3. UN Global Compact members have adopted internal measures favouring ethical and sustainable business practices in line with the UNGC principles

Expected results:  

  1. ICAR conducted trainings and training of trainers with PCCB on complex financial investigations and asset recovery ;
  2. PCCB established a specialized unit to cooperate with foreign jurisdictions ;
  3. An integrity promotion campaign including a feature film, a 26 episode TV-Series and 52-episode radio series with contextualized messages that aim to change public tolerance to corruption was produced and aired;
  4. Three million citizens are reached through the integrity campaign;
  5. UNGC members are understanding, adhering to and reporting on the anti-corruption principle of the UNGC

Results from previous phases:  

  1. In a context where corruption is deeply entrenched in the societal and political culture, there is a need to combine support to “right holders” (as in social accountability) with support to reform-oriented “duty bearers” (e.g. anti-corruption institutions) and other important societal actors (e.g. private sector) in order to more effectively change the prevailing culture to one that is less tolerant to corrupt practices.
  2. The technical support extended to the Tanzanian Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) through the International Center for Asset Recovery (ICAR) identified gaps regarding professional capacities, organisational and procedures in the PCCB.
  3. A feasibility study on the establishment of a United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) chapter in Tanzania confirmed that combatting corruption is a top priority on the agenda of business leaders and that there is wilingness from the private sector to address this collectively.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Foreign private sector North
  • Foreign private sector South/East
  • United Nations Development Programme

Other partners

Potential co-funders: DFID, Denmark, USAID (to be confirmed); Ireland, UNDP

Coordination with other projects and actors

In SDC Tanzania: Good Financial Governance Project (GFG, implemented by GIZ), Social Accountability Programme (SAP), Support to the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), Empowering Media Tanzania

Within Swiss administration: with Global Institutions support to the UN Global Compact; core support to U4, ICAR, StAR; Federal Department of Justice – pending Memorandum on Mutual Legal Assistance with Tanzania

Other donors: DFID programmes on anti-corruption (STACA) and social accountability (AcT)

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    3’449’750 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    2’963’472
Project phases Phase 2 01.04.2020 - 31.03.2025   (Current phase)

Phase 1 01.05.2015 - 31.03.2023   (Completed)