Corruption costs Africa, and is considered to be Africa’s biggest challenge. More recently, the OECD suggested that if corruption were an industry, it would be the world’s third largest, now worth more than $3 trillion and 5 per cent of global GDP.
Access to information(ATI) has the potential to drastically reduce corruption. These simple facts are enough to justify the inclusion of access to Information as a focus for debate by G20 leaders. While a continuation of the G20’s anti-corruption efforts in 2015-2016 is now more or less guaranteed, questions remain about what the next G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan should contain, how it should be focused, and most importantly, why such a plan is sufficiently central to the G20 leaders’ core business to warrant a place on the agenda.
AFIC's latest policy analysis suggests that there should be push to include ATI in the G20 agenda for 2015 in Turkey. This policyanalysis hopes to provoke the African leadership attending the G20 summit to include the promotion ATI on their proposals for the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group.