Conflicts of interest: tackling the tip of the corruption iceberg

Using South Africa as a case study, this seminar considers the effectiveness of current policies.

30 SEP 2021  

Event details

Date: 2021-09-30

Time: 12:00 to 13:30

Venue: Online via Zoom

Event Enquiry: Richard Chelin, Phone: +27 73 996 8124, Email:

Many of the corruption scandals reported daily in South Africa and across the continent started as conflicts of interest that were undetected, unregulated and mismanaged. Conflicts of interest do not constitute corruption, but they often lead to it.

This seminar will explore conflicts of interest in the public sector and the difficulties governments face in dealing with them. Speakers will evaluate current policies and make suggestions about how to prevent these conflicts leading to corrupt practices. The discussion will draw on a new ENACT report – Whose conflict is it anyway? Addressing conflicts of interest in South Africa’s public sector – which will be launched at the event.

Chairperson: Gareth Newham, Head, Justice and Violence Prevention, ISS Pretoria


Richard Chelin, Senior Researcher, ENACT programme, ISS Pretoria

Pusetso Morapedi, Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Coordinator, UNCAC Coalition

Sipho Mabena, Senior Reporter, The Citizen

ENACT is funded by the European Union. ENACT is implemented by the Institute for Security Studies and INTERPOL, in affiliation with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.



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