United States Office of Government Ethics, Preventing Conflicts of Interest in the Executive Branch

OGE Works with Government of Kenya to Implement Anti-Corruption Curricula
May 31, 2016


At the invitation of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions, a representative from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics recently traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to assist Kenya’s government in implementing anti-corruption training for members of its civil service.  The visit was in support of the good governance and anti-corruption commitment  signed by President Obama and Kenyan President Kenyatta on July 25, 2015.


Patrick Shepherd, a senior instructor from OGE, spent five days working with senior faculty from the Kenya School of Government to refine models for teaching anti-corruption policy to Kenya’s civil service.  The teaching models present real-world ethical dilemmas and encourage participants to work together to consider the pros and cons of various courses of action.  This method is designed to empower employees to find solutions to complex ethical dilemmas within their work units. 


The Kenya School of Government is using these models to customize anti-corruption curricula for employees at all levels of Kenya’s government workforce. 

Patrick Shepherd, OGE Senior Instructor, works with senior faculty at Kenya School of Government a

Patrick Shepherd (center), OGE Senior Instructor, works with senior faculty at Kenya School of Government


Mr. Shepherd also met with Kenya’s Public Service Commission.  During the meeting, commissioners and Mr. Shepherd discussed the constitutional origins of ethics policy in the United States, the creation of OGE, the role of ethics officials in the U.S. Government, and the role of financial disclosure in the U.S.


Mr. Shepherd’s work with KSG and Kenya’s Public Service Commission continues OGE’s contribution to the international dialog on good governance. 
 
 Patrick Shepherd, OGE, and Heath Bailey, US Dept. of State, meet with Kenya Public Service Commission and Kenya School of Government
Patrick Shepherd (4th from left), OGE, and Heath Bailey (8th from left), US Dept. of State, meet with Kenya Public Service Commission and Kenya School of Government