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Corruption and governance in the DRC during the transition period 2003 to 2006
1 August 2008

The new government in the DRC is starting to implement its governance programme and planning to revisit the national anti-corruption strategy. The temptation is high to move fast on all fronts but it is important to assess the immediate past and, especially, the transition period from 2003 to 2006, so that lessons which could inform policy decisions can be drawn. This monograph makes a useful contribution to a review of the transition period. It assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the anti-corruption institutions and laws which were in force, evaluating their success or failure and identifying factors that supported or inhibited their effectiveness. It further identifies gaps in national laws and regulations that could be prioritised to make them compliant with international legal instruments. Finally, it makes recommendations about what measures should be prioritised with a view to improving the legal framework and the relevant institutions.

About the author

Muzong W. Kodi holds a PhD in African History from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, USA. He lectured at the National University of Zaire, Lubumbashi Campus (presently the University of Lubumbashi) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and at the University of Nairobi in Kenya before joining the African Centre for Monetary Studies in Dakar, Senegal. He worked for eight years at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London where his last position was Director of International Development. At the International Secretariat of Transparency International in Berlin, Germany he served as Regional Director and headed the Africa and the Middle East Department. Since 2005, he has been based at Chatham House (formerly known as the Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London where he focuses his research and consultancy work on governance and anti-corruption issues, and coordinates the British-Congo Forum within the Africa Programme. He is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Diamond Development Initiative International.

This research and publication was made possible through generous funding received from the Royal Norwegian Government