An independent institution established for the prevention, investigation, prosecution and punishment of corruption, corrupt practices and to provide for other related matters. 

Contact us on: +23278832131 or info@anticorruption.gov.sl
Address:  Integrity House, Tower Hill, Freetown Sierra Leone, West Africa.



By: Usman Fambuleh Intern, ACC

The relevance of fighting corruption in Sierra Leone cannot be overstated. Corruption is a widespread problem that undermines the stability, development, and prosperity of the nation. Corruption is a prevalent menace that affects society in so many ways. There are many definitions of it, but as stated in the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008, amended in 2019, corruption also constitutes the abuse of power, office resources for personal gains. Corrupt practices may include activities like bribery, embezzlement, nepotism, cronyism, electoral fraud, misappropriation of public funds or properties, etc. Corruption creates a culture of impunity, erodes trust in public institutions, and diverts much-needed resources away from essential services, such as healthcare and education. Therefore, combating corruption is important for Sierra Leone's progress and the betterment of its citizens.


To start with, fighting corruption is crucial for economic growth. Corruption hampers investment, deters foreign aid, and discourages both local and foreign businesses. When corruption thrives, fair competition is undermined, causing injustice through advantaging some at the expense of others. Undetected and unchecked corruption in the public sector can cause serious damage. By tackling corruption, Sierra Leone can create a more transparent and accountable environment that attracts investment, stimulates economic growth, and provides employment opportunities for its citizens.

In addition, curbing corruption promotes good governance and strengthens democratic institutions. Corruption undermines the rule of law, accountability, and effective public service delivery. It destroys trust in the government and hinders the efficient functioning of public institutions. By fighting corruption, Sierra Leone can promote transparency, integrity, and fairness in its governance systems, thereby enhancing public trust and participation in the democratic process.

Furthermore, eradicating corruption is essential for poverty reduction and social development. The diversion of funds meant for social programs and public services perpetuates poverty, inequality, and social exclusion. By ensuring that resources are allocated where they are most needed, without being siphoned off through corruption, Sierra Leone can improve access to quality education, healthcare, clean water, and other essential services for its citizens, particularly the most vulnerable groups.

Also, fighting corruption fosters a culture of ethics and morality. When corruption is tolerated or goes unpunished, it establishes a normative framework that perpetuates dishonesty and unethical behavior. By actively combating corruption, Sierra Leone can promote a society based on integrity, honesty, patriotism and fairness, which in turn inspires its citizens to embrace these values and behaviors in their daily lives.

Moreover, the fight against corruption enhances the country's international reputation and establishes Sierra Leone as a responsible and accountable member of the global community.The Anti-Corruption Commission Sierra Leone (ACC-SL), has been doing well to achieve the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). By prioritizing efforts to fight corruption, Sierra Leone signals its commitment to good governance, thereby attracting support from the international community and fostering its own standing on the global stage.

Thus, the relevance of fighting corruption in Sierra Leone is multifaceted and crucial for the nation's progress. It is essential for economic growth, good governance, poverty reduction, social development, ethical behavior, and international standing. So combating corruption, Sierra Leone can create a more prosperous and equitable society that ensures the well-being of its citizens and builds a brighter future for generations to come.