African Women Against Corruption Network, affectionately known as “AWACN” is an independent anti-corruption Think Tank on a mission to advance the participation of women in the anti-corruption agenda in Africa and focus the lens on the impact of corruption on women and girls. 

We do this by framing the problem of corrupt actions that directly target women and girls to assist policy makers and organisations to develop a gendered lens when analysing and responding to corruption. 

Women and girls are often dependent on policies that are designed in their absence, our approach to advance the participation of women in anti-corruption effort contributes to the inclusion of women’s perspectives for better policy development, programming and implementation.



To provide a platform for knowledge sharing and education on the gender differential impact of corruption on women and girls and advocate for advancement of women participation in the agenda of anti-corruption in Africa.


To undertake research and analysis with an objective to influence how we think about corruption and the policies that we have that address it.


To coordinate efforts in support of women opposing corruption in Africa and organise grassroots groups to be agents of anticorruption in their communities.

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AWACN aligns with two key Sustainable Development Goals namely, Gender Equality (SDG 5) and Substantially Reducing Corruption (SDG 16.5). We further align with Agenda 2063’s (Aspiration 3) to create an Africa of Good Governance and (Aspiration 6) for the creation of Africa whose development is people driven, relying on the potential offered by African people, especially its Women and Youth and caring for children.

Aspiration 3: An Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law

Aspiration 6: An Africa, whose development is people-driven, relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children.

SDG 5 Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. There has been progress over the last decades, but the world is not on track to achieve gender equality by 2030. Commitment and bold action are needed to accelerate progress, including through the promotion of laws, policies, budgets and institutions that advance gender equality.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16 or Global Goal 16) is about “peace, justice and strong institutions.”One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations in 2015, the official wording is: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.