Cameroon faces serious problems with its governance and anti-corruption framework according to the Global Integrity Report released today.
Cameroon received a “very weak” (55 pts) overall ranking on the 2008 Integrity Indicator Scorecard. It scored “very weak” in four categories; Elections (58 pts), Government Accountability (44), Administration and Civil Service (48) and Oversight and Regulation (49). It scored “weak” in two categories; Civil Society, Public Information and Media (61 pts) and Anti-corruption and Rule of law (69).
According to the report’s highlight:
Cameroon faces serious problems with its governance and anti-corruption framework. Elections (especially political financing regulations), government accountability (across the legislative and judicial branches, in particular), and oversight and regulation (including a weak to non-existent ombudsman office, audit agency, and poor business regulation) are all rated as Very Weak. While there is robust legislation in place that criminalizes corruption, the agency mandated to address corruption is ineffective. "Members of [the anti-corruption agency]," for example, "are close to the ruling party [...] and their neutrality is questionable." Despite this bleak governance landscape, there are a few bright spots. Civil society organizations (CSOs) are active and regulations over taxes/customs and state-owned companies are reasonably effective.
Global Integrity Report is an assessment of the health of a country's anti-corruption framework. The Integrity Indicators scorecard “assesses the existence, effectiveness, and citizen access to key governance and anti-corruption mechanisms through more than 300 actionable indicators. It examines issues such as transparency of the public procurement process, media freedom, asset disclosure requirements, and conflicts of interest regulations.”