Anti-Corruption Support

Anti-Corruption Support
Anti-Corruption Support © United Nations

The second phase of the Anti-Corruption Support program aims at accelerating the Swiss contribution to an institutional and social environment in Tanzania that is increasingly adverse to corruption. The main line of intervention remains technical assistance to the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) but increasingly includes other key anti-corruption agencies. This support is complemented by activities enhancing collective action to foster a society that is increasingly adverse to corrupt behaviour. 

Country/region Topic Period Budget

Anti-corruption organisations
Legal and judicial development
01.04.2020 - 31.12.2024
CHF  3’940’000
Background Tanzania has made impressive progress in the fight against corruption over the past four years, as evidenced by an improvement in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, moving from 117th in 2015 to 99th in 2018 (with an overall score increasing from 30/100 to 36/100). However, this success was mostly driven by a system of top down accountability while potential allies in the fight against corruption – such as civil society, an independent media, but also the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) – were weakened. There has been limited progress in the institutional framework to address corruption. The National Anti-Corruption Strategy and Action Plan (NACSAP III) was launched in 2017, however implementation is lacking behind. The risk of human rights violations as a consequence of not adhering to due process in the judicial system is increasing.
Objectives Foster an institutional and social environment in Tanzania that is increasingly adverse to corrupt activities. 
Target groups

Direct target groups:

  • PCCB management and case investigators (900)
  • Citizens (in particular women and men of 15 to 35 years old) and organisations concerned with corruption (around 3 million people)
Medium-term outcomes Increased capacity of and improved coordination among Tanzania’s anti-corruption institutions to successfully investigate and prosecute cases of corruption and recover stolen assets both domestically and internationally.

Expected results:  

  1. To increase the PCCB’s ability to gather, manage and use intelligence to inform and strengthen corruption investigations and asset recovery efforts;
  2. To increase the PCCB’s operational effectiveness in relation to the conduct and management of investigations of corruption investigations with an asset recovery aspect;
  3. To increase the PCCB’s ability to acquire proceeds of crime related court orders and the capacity to prosecute corruption investigations with an asset recovery aspect;
  4. To improve engagement and interaction between the PCCB and other institutions in the wider anticorruption process.

Results from previous phases:  

The capacity of PCCB to investigate and prosecute complex international corrupton cases have signfifcantly improved. Some of the main achievements include:

  • An exponential increase in the capacity of the PCCB’s Asset Tracing and Recovery Unit (ATRU) to investigate unexplained wealth offences, leading to the pecuniary payment of over TZS 1.6 billion (approx. CHF 700,000) to Tanzanian government and the forfeiture of a number of real estate properties.
  • An average increase in knowledge of money laundering and asset recovery issues by 42% among the 116 trainees (102 PCCB, 2 DPP, 7 Tanzania Police Force, 5 Zanzibar ZAECA).
  • The delivery of 5 advanced FI/AR training modules by ICAR’s training team, including 2 trainings on corruption in infrastructure projects and procurement.
  • The feature film Bahasha produced by Media for Development International (MfDI) as part of the SDC funded anti-corruption mutlimedia campaign, received a positive reception from various stakeholders. It has been widely disseminated across Tanzania, including a screening at the parliament in Dodoma. It was also included in the 2019 Uhuru Torche, a festival comemorating Tanzania’s independence, where an estimated 145,126 viewers watched the movie. 

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Private sector
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Other Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • Foreign private sector North

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: core support to U4, ICAR, StAR; Federal Department of Justice – pending Memorandum on Mutual Legal Assistance with Tanzania.

Other donors: DFID and EU joint program on anti-corruption (BSAAT)  

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    3’940’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’391’384
Project phases Phase 99 01.01.2025 - 31.12.2027   (Active) Phase 2 01.04.2020 - 31.12.2024   (Current phase) Phase 1 01.05.2015 - 31.03.2020   (Completed)