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Supporting Stars within the Anti-Corruption Chain


SUGAR TAF’s approach has involved working across the whole anti-corruption chain, recognising that this approach is much more likely to bring about systems change than focusing just on one aspect, or one institution, whose gains are likely to be undone by problems upstream or downstream. Within the chain, SUGAR TAF has put greater effort in engaging with institutions where the leadership welcomed any support that would help them to do their work more effectively, and it has found champions within those institutions who have leveraged the training and advice they received from SUGAR TAF and used it to create ripples of change within their own work. 


Most specifically aimed at bolstering the power of institutions and individuals to make systems change within anti-corruption, SUGAR TAF has provided leadership training, support with institutional change management, and has created opportunities for leadership across the anti-corruption chain to come together and learn from each other.


SUGAR cannot take credit for the energy, vision and drive of these leaders and change-makers. But together, they have made a formidable combination for positive change.


To give just a few examples: 


  • The Financial Intelligence Agency (FIA) was formed under the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2013. Its leadership worked with SUGAR TAF’s support to ensure that it was an institution that has real clout in Uganda. One of its recent achievements was being admitted to the Egmont Group of Financial Intelligent Units (FIUs) in July 2019 [see here]. Egmont is an international group of FIUs that share intelligence across jurisdictional boundaries for the purposes of combating money laundering and other financial crimes. Being admitted to Egmont is a sign that the FIA is internationally regarded as trustworthy.

  • Mr. Tom Walugambe was the first prosecutor in Uganda to secure successful convictions under the Anti-Money Laundering Act, which had gone untested for two years, until he decided to pursue charges under its provisions. His decision to initiate these cases and pursue them under the Anti-Money Laundering Act was a bold one, and it was entirely his own. During the prosecution of these cases, he received training and advice from SUGAR-TAF that helped to inform his prosecution and played an important role in securing convictions.

  • Ms. Brenda Kimbugwe is the Head of Prosecutions at the Inspectorate of Government (IG). She and her team learned about prosecutor-guided investigation from SUGAR TAF, which introduced it to the Directorate of Special Investigations. The Prosecutions Unit found the approach so useful in increasing both the speed and the quality of preparing cases for court that they introduced it to the other investigative departments within the IG.


Understanding the characteristics of institutions under transformation


SUGAR TAF undertook a detailed comparative case study of three “institutions under transformation” in Uganda. These are institutions that have been acknowledged to have taken great strides in reforming themselves to reduce internal corruption. Because these institutions also deliver important public services, reduced corruption translates directly into gains in the amount and quality of public services.

The three institutions assessed in the study are: the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), and the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA). Based on this study, SUGAR TAF identified critical success factors under five areas:


  1. Leadership and setting strategic direction

  2. Restructuring, building teams and managing change

  3. Building political coalitions and managing external relations

  4. Building systems and processes – managing performance

  5. Changing norms and behaviours within the institution

In essence, these are the areas that successful institutions had transformed in order to realize more effective and ‘clean’ organizations. You can find more detail on these studies on the ‘Reports’ page. It is interesting to note that many of these themes echo much of SUGAR TAF’s work with anti-corruption chain institutions.


Kampala, Uganda