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. 

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Organisations contre la corruption
Politique du secteur publique
Développement des systèmes légaux et judiciaires
01.04.2024 - 31.12.2027
CHF  8’900’000
Contexte 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.
Objectifs 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.
Groupes cibles

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.

Effets à moyen terme

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.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • 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.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

  • 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.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
Secteur privé
Institution étatique étrangère
Institution universitaire et de recherche suisse
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Central State of South East
  • Autres instituts suisses universitairs ou de recherche
  • Other UN Organisation
  • Sectreur privé étranger Sud/Est

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    8’900’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    1’467’080 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget de la Suisse CHF   10’770’000
Phases du projet Phase 2 01.04.2024 - 31.12.2027   (Phase en cours) Phase 1 01.07.2018 - 31.03.2024   (Completed)