SWAKOPMUND, 04 OCT – A logo for the inaugural National Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum (NACIF) of Namibia was unveiled here on Wednesday.
NACIF, which is scheduled for an official launch on 06 October in the capital, is a self-funded platform initiated by Manfred Naobeb, a Human Resources and Labour Law Expert, specialising in Social Sciences and Organisational Development and Change.
Naobeb is also a certified People and Resources Management Strategist under the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) as well as a member of the Media Complaints Committee, which serves under the mandate of the Media Ombudsman of Namibia.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Naobeb told the media that the forum hopes to become a leader in the policy debate on integrity and anti-corruption nationwide and will aim to tackle the increasing challenges posed by corruption and lack of accountability in Namibia.
“NACIF Namibia will not necessarily to interfere with the main authority which is the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), but to hold it accountable for the overlooked cases,” added Naobeb.
Additionally, this forum also aims to promote cooperation among Government, civil society, the private sector and citizens by providing the opportunity for face-to-face dialogue and direct liaison between representatives from participating agencies and organisations.
“There is currently very little trust between the three parties, which is negative to the country, especially its economy, so NACIF will also aim to change this,” he told the media.
The forum will further host a multi-stakeholder dialogue series, which will take place from 23-24 November 2018 and is expected to host more than 200 participants from all sectors in Namibia and across the Southern African Development Community.
The forum will be held under the theme; ‘The real cost of Corruption: Inequality, Exclusion and Disillusionment’, and is aimed at bringing together government, businesses and civil society leaders and experts on an equal footing.
“The discussions during the dialogue will include the importance of accountability in the public sector, the key role played by integrity, the use of political donations to buy influence and the new role played by the media and citizens in the fight against corruption, among others,” noted Naobeb.