Anti-corruption and Accountability

Building on the results achieved in the first phase, Switzerland will contribute to reduce corruption in Mozambique by (1) improving and strengthening legal institutions and the judicial framework (2) strengthening anticorruption institutions to effectively tackle corruption, economic crime and the recovery, management of stolen assets and (3) supporting civil society organisations at national and local level in the fight against corruption. 

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Organizzazioni contro la corruzione
Politica del settore pubblico
Sviluppo legale e giudiziario
01.04.2024 - 31.12.2027
CHF  8’900’000
Contesto According to Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, Mozambique ranks 142nd (out of 180) in 2023 compared to 111th in 2015. This represents a fall of 30 places in the ranking compared to 2015. Corruption is a cause of poverty and a constraint to successful poverty reduction.
With increased investment related to the exploitation of natural resources in northern Mozambique, general elections in 2024 and increased security spending due to the conflict in northern Mozambique, the risk of corruption is likely to increase as most of these funds are difficult to scrutinise.
Despite a challenging political and economic context, Swiss support has contributed to considerable improvements of the legal and institutional framework to fight corruption during phase one, through the establishment and operation of the Asset Recovery Office (ARO). The succesfull collaboration of Switzerland with the government is a solid foundation to continue putting the legal and institutional framework into practice building on a unique and trusted relationship between Switzerland and its partners within government and civil society.
Obiettivi Reduce the political, economic and social costs of corruption on development for Mozambique by creating an environment that deters engagement in corrupt practices by public servants, office holders, private companies and citizens.
Gruppi target

Public Ministry 
Through the International Centre for Asset Recovery (ICAR): The Asset Recovery Office, Central Office for Combating Organised and Transnational Crime, the Specialised Criminal Department, the Central Gabinet for the fight against Corruption, and the National Criminal Investigation Service.

Asset Management Institutions
Through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: the Ministry of Economy and Finance and its Asset Management Office

Civil Society 
Through the Center for Public Integrity (CIP): Civil society organizations or coalitions of organizations at local, national and international level using CIPs work.

Effetti a medio termine

Outcome 1: Public Ministry:
Mozambican institutions responsible for combating corruption, money laundering and asset recovery use methods and techniques to combat corruption, investigate and prosecute financial crimes and recover stolen assets effectively.

Outcome 2: Asset management:
Mozambican asset management institutions use effective and transparent methods to preserve, manage and dispose of recovered assets.

Outcome 3: Civil society:
A critical mass of citizens and civil society organisations influence the public and private sectors towards greater transparency and integrity in the management of public affairs taking gender aspects into consideration.

Outcome 4: Improved legal and institutional framework:
Improved effectiveness of the legal framework and institutional structure in the fight against corruption, financial crime and asset recovery.


Risultati principali attesi:  

  • Improved capacity of judicial institutions in terms of combating corruption, money laundering, criminal investigation and asset recovery.
  • Improved technical and institutional capacity of the asset management office.
  • Periodic analyses and reports on irregularities in the management of public funds including the climate related funds and the impact of corruption on gender equality.
  • Training and sensitisation of citizens and civil society at local level on preventing and combating sectorial corruption.
  • Legislation on civil confiscation approved, regulated and put into practice.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

  • Creation and operationnalisation of the Asset Recovery and Management Offices, CHF 20 mio. recovered
  • Increased capacity of law enforcement agencies to apply the new Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure and anti-money laundering legislation.
  • Strengthened institutional capacity to investigate and prosecute cases of corruption and financial crime and to recover assets from illicit activities: 1’150 professionals trained.
  • Improved cooperation and trust between civil society organisations and judicial institutions involved in preventing and combating corruption.
  • Increased public awareness on the dimensions and the impact of corruption in Mozambique.
  • Legislation on asset recovery and management, and criminal code & procedures approved by the Governmemt and Parliament.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
ONG internazionale o straniera
Economia privata
Instituzione statale straniera
Instituzione universitaria e di ricerca svizzera
Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite (ONU)
  • Central State of South East
  • Other Swiss academic and research institutions
  • Other UN Organisation
  • Settore privato straniero Sud/Est

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    8’900’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    1’467’080 Progetto totale dalla prima fase Budget Svizzera CHF   10’770’000
Fasi del progetto Fase 2 01.04.2024 - 31.12.2027   (Fase in corso) Fase 1 01.07.2018 - 31.03.2024   (Completed)