Project profile — Strengthening Ethics and Integrity in South Africa


Cowater International Inc. (61009)
2018-08-24 - 2025-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• South Africa (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims, in line with the South African Public Administration and Management Act, to support the creation of the Public Administration Ethics, Integrity and Management Unit, including the design of a business model and funding arrangement as well as capacity building for Unit staff. Canadian technical assistance supports centralised management of ethics and integrity, improved policy compliance, and capacity building of the newunit to provide advisory support on corruption related misconduct cases.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) strengthened centralised oversight and management of ethics and integrity at all levels of government; (2) improved ability of the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) to provide strategic advice and technical assistance to other government departments; and (3) improved professional conduct in all spheres of government.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include : (1) the Ethics and Integrity Unit provided technical assistance to 13 South African Government departments at the National and Provincial level; (2) the draft of the first Lifestyle Audit Guide, strategy, and roadmap in South Africa, which is now mandatory for all public servants; (3) the Department of Public Service Administration (DPSA) officially launched the Discipline Management Complaints Hotline. It will enable public servants on prolonged suspension to report incidents of bullying and victimization by their supervisors, pending finalizing their disciplinary cases; (4) completed a guide on preventing and managing conflicts of interest in the Public Service; and (5) completed the first draft of a Protracted Disclosure: Practical Guideline for Employees.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $1,441,074
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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