The Unit is under the guidance of the Program Manager for Education & Prevention Division, Mr. James Kingsley. The Prevention Officer, Mr. Kayibanda Doe was hired in August, 2017. He oversees the daily work activities of the prevention unit.
Preventing corruption is the discovery and elimination of the causes and conditions of corruption through the development and implementation of a system of appropriate measures as well as deterrence of persons from involving in corrupt practices. The purpose of prevention is to minimize as much as possible the crippling effect corruption has on our economy.
The prevention unit is expected to carry out the below listed functions:
- Review financial systems, policies, procedures and practices related to financial management and other functions in public institutions
- Conduct institutional corruption risk assessment or national risk assessment and must have ocumentary evidence of such activities
- Provide advisories on prevention of corruption targeting public financial management & other processes
- Develop corruption prevention guidelines and best practices in public finance processes
- Monitor the implementation of corruption prevention interventions in various institutions of government and participate in workgroup discussion to review, analyze and simplify administrative procedures and develop implementation plans based on the action plan
- Review, analyze and provide feedback on the anti-corruption indicator under the PFMU framework
In view of the foregoing, the Education & Prevention Division in September, 2017 commenced a Comprehensive Corruption Risk Assessment for all divisions within the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC). The risk assessment was launched by Cllr. James N. Verdier, Executive Chairperson of the Commission on September 5, 2017. All other divisions of the Commission were asked by the Executive Chairperson to participate in the risk assessment project.
The risk assessment was carried out by a team of staff from the Education & Prevention Division, along with the internal Auditor of the of the LACC.The objective of the risk assessment was to identify weaknesses or vulnerability within each division, which may present opportunities for corruption as a direct result of inadequate policies and procedures. Also, the risk assessment was to identify and address specific institutional structures, systems, and processes that contribute to accountability leakages and bottlenecks within each division or unit of the Commission.
In order to increase transparency, reliability and accountability framework across public institutions in Liberia, the prevention unit will be launching Corruption Risk Assessment across four (4) public institutions beginning March, 2018. The institutions are: Passport Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Birth Certificate Section, Ministry of Health; Police Clearance Section, Liberia National Police; and the Liberia Immigration Service, Roberts International Airport. As part of the unit work to collaborate with other institutions in developing corruption prevention guidelines and best practices in public finance processes, the prevention officer is expected to team up with other stakeholders from public institutions to prepare Watch Dog Function Manual for Liberia Decentralization Support Program implementation under the County Service Center (CSC)
“It is often said that Prevention is better than cure.”