The Anti-Corruption Network (ACN) is a regional outreach programme of the OECD Working Group on Bribery.
The ACN is open to countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The main counterparts are the national governments and anti-corruption authorities of the participating countries. Civil society, business sector, international organisations and international financial institutions, as well as other countries take an active part in the ACN .
The ACN was established in 1998. Its main objective is to support its member countries in their efforts to prevent and fight corruption. It provides a regional forum for the promotion of anti-corruption activities, exchange of information, elaboration of best practices and donor coordination.The ACN operates through general meetings and conferences, sub-regional initiatives and thematic projects.
Secretariat - The ACN Secretariat is based at the Anti-Corruption Division of the OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, at the OECD Headquarters in Paris. The Secretariat is responsible for the development and implementation of the work programme.
Programme of work - The ACN supports participating countries in their anti-corruption reform efforts, in particular the practical implementation of anti-corruption measures and effective enforcement of anti-corruption laws. The current programme of work was approved at the 14th ACN Steering Group meeting on 11 December 2012.
Steering Group - The Steering Group is comprised of the National Coordinators from ACN countries, as well as representatives from partner organisations and countries. It guides the Secretariat in the development, implementation and assessment of the ACN programme of work. The Steering Group meetings also provide a platform to debate regional anti-corruption issues, to promote good practice in anti-corruption reforms in the region and to support the implementation of the UNCAC.
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES AND ORGANISATIONS
The ACN is open to all countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, including: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR of Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
OECD member states, members of the OECD Working Group on Bribery and the other countries participate in ACN activities.
The ACN involves civil society and business community in ACN countries.
International partners involved in ACN include United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Council of Europe Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Transparency International and others.