Has the country signed up to the following international anti-corruption instruments: UNCAC and the OECD Convention?
5a. Signatory and Ratification status
Burkina Faso score: 100/100
The country has not signed up to either instrument.
The country is a significant defence exporter and has not signed the OECD Convention, but it has signed and ratified the UNCAC convention.
The country has signed up to but not ratified all relevant instruments depending on its status as defence exporter.
The country is not a significant defence exporter, and it has signed up and ratified at least the UNCAC Convention. The country is a significant defence exporter, and it has signed up and ratified at least the OECD Convention.
Burkina Faso signed the United Nations Convention against Corruption on December 10, 2003, and ratified it on October 10, 2006, (1). An update of the implementation of the UNCAC in Africa includes Burkina Faso on the list of countries that ratified the UNCAC (2). Burkina Faso does not export arms (3).
1. Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption,” Implementation Review group, ninth session, Vienna, 4-6 June 2018, Burkina Faso, “Review of implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption: Executive summary,” https://www.unodc.org/documents/treaties/UNCAC/WorkingGroups/ImplementationReviewGroup/ExecutiveSummaries2/V1800155e.pdf.
2. “U4 Expert Answer: Update on UNCAC implementation in Africa,” Anti-Corruption Resources Centre, November 2016, https://www.u4.no/publications/uncac-and-africa/pdf.
3. “BTI 2018: Burkina Faso Country Report,” Transformation Index BTI, https://www.bti-project.org/en/reports/country-reports/detail/itc/bfa/ity/2018/itr/wca/.
Burkina Faso score: 50/100
The country has largely failed to comply with its obligations under ratified Conventions.
The country has major or significant issues of compliance with one or both conventions it has ratified.
The country has minor issues of compliance with one or both conventions it has ratified.
The country has complied with most of its obligations in priority areas covered by the relevant convention/s it has ratified.
The CNT adopted a law on the prevention and repression of corruption in March 2015, and another one on the creation of the High Authority for State Control and Anti-corruption (ARCE-LA), to ensure compliance with UNCAC (1). The passing of these laws formalizes Burkina Faso’s compliance with the UNCAC. Burkina Faso participated in the Conference of the Parties (CoP) as well (2), (3).
However, Burkina Faso still has the following challenges: The Anti-Corruption Act requires public institutions to adopt codes of conduct, these codes of conduct have not been adopted by certain bodies. The declaration of gifts, donations and other benefits are mandatory for all public officials; however, at the time of the country visit, that system was not yet operational. It is also recommended that Burkina Faso: Ensure greater coherence in its national anti-corruption policy ; Ensure that ASCE-LC has an adequate budget and thus the necessary material resources and specialized staff; adopt and implement a training plan for ASCE-LC staff; Adopt the decree establishing the terms of recruitment of the Comptroller General of the State and the comptrollers of the State; Establish adequate procedures for the selection and training of individuals for public positions that are considered vulnerable to corruption and the rotation, where appropriate, of such individuals to other positions (Arts. 7 (1) (b) and 9); Endeavour to adopt codes of conduct for all public officials and disseminate the content of those codes; Put the asset declaration system into operation; expand the list of persons required to declare their assets to cover all positions vulnerable to corruption; Ensure that the provisions of Act No. 051-2015 on the right to access public information are implemented; adopt legal instruments that enable the national authority for access to public information to fulfil its mandate (Art. 10) (2).
1. “Burkina Faso adopts two anti-corruption laws,” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2015, accessed May 31, 2018, https://www.unodc.org/westandcentralafrica/en/new-2015-burkina-faso-anti-corruption-laws.html.
2. Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption,” Implementation Review group, ninth session, Vienna, 4-6 June 2018, Burkina Faso, “Review of implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption: Executive summary,” https://www.unodc.org/documents/treaties/UNCAC/WorkingGroups/ImplementationReviewGroup/ExecutiveSummaries2/V1800155e.pdf.
3. “Burkina Faso 2017 Human Rights Report,” Bureau of Democracy, United States Department of State, 2017, https://www.state.gov/documents/organization/277217.pdf.
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|Country||5a. Signatory and Ratification status||5b. Compliance|
|Algeria||100 / 100||50 / 100|
|Angola||100 / 100||0 / 100|
|Burkina Faso||100 / 100||50 / 100|
|Cameroon||100 / 100||25 / 100|
|Cote d'Ivoire||100 / 100||25 / 100|
|Egypt||100 / 100||0 / 100|
|Ghana||100 / 100||25 / 100|
|Jordan||100 / 100||50 / 100|
|Kuwait||100 / 100||25 / 100|
|Lebanon||100 / 100||25 / 100|
|Mali||100 / 100||25 / 100|
|Morocco||100 / 100||100 / 100|
|Niger||100 / 100||50 / 100|
|Nigeria||100 / 100||50 / 100|
|Oman||100 / 100||0 / 100|
|Palestine||100 / 100||NEI|
|Qatar||100 / 100||0 / 100|
|Saudi Arabia||50 / 100||25 / 100|
|Tunisia||100 / 100||50 / 100|
|United Arab Emirates||25 / 100||NA|