This section provides readers with the latest news regarding anti-corruption issues worldwide.

IACA Newsletter 2014-2

Latest news from the International Anti-Corruption Academy.

Bhutan launches new national anti-corruption strategy, e-learning course on ethics & integrity

An e-Learning course on Ethics and Integrity Management for justices, associate professionals, and parliamentarians was launched on 21 June 2014 at the Royal Institute of Management. The e-learning course continues the programme launched for civil servants in December 2011. It aims to create wider appreciation for the need to promote ethics and integrity in government.  

Blog: World Bank Posts Six Years of Enforcement Statistics

More than 200 firms and individuals have been debarred or otherwise sanctioned by the World Bank over misconduct tied to bank-financed projects in recent years, a new report said. The report was the broadest in scope that the institution has done on the topic of suspension and debarment. Only 14% of the related settlements and cases involved corruption, while 86% involved fraud, according to the report, which looked at enforcement between fiscal years 2008 and 2013. Read More

The Unrecognized Threat to International Security

Systemic corruption has an unrecognized bearing on international security. Policymakers and private companies often pay insufficient attention to corruption when deciding what foreign and defense policies to pursue or where to invest. Greater understanding of the nature of acute corruption and its impact on global security would contribute to a better assessment of costs and benefits and therefore to improved policy and practice Read More

African Countries Show Mixed Results in Quality of Government Performance

The latest World Bank review of government policies and institutions in Africa shows that 20 percent of countries improved their policy environment to boost growth and cut poverty in 2013. The review is the annual Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA), which rates the performance of poor countries. CPIA scores assess the quality of countries' policy and institutional progress using 16 development indicators in four areas: economic management, structural policies, policies for social inclusion and equity, and public sector management and institutions. Read More

World Bank publishes data & lessons learned on all Debarment Cases since 2007

The World Bank has released the first public report from its Office of Suspension and Debarment furthering its commitment to transparency and accountability regarding its process for firms and individuals accused of fraud and corruption in the projects it finances. Previously, reports have been issued by the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency, which carries out investigations, as well as by the World Bank Group Sanctions Board. Read More

Corruption will abet poverty in South Asia

Transparency International (TI) recently released a report on rising corruption in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. TI examined nearly 70 key institutions vulnerable to corruption across the six countries -- which, together, scored worst on corruption indicators among all other world sub-regions in TI's 2013 Global Corruption Perceptions Index. Government failure to target corruption effectively threatens regional economic progress, and obstructs equitable sharing of economic gains. Read More

Party's grip constrains China's anti-corruption drive

Xi Jinping, then vice-president, warned in 2012 that corruption could cause "public anger, civil unrest and government collapse". After becoming president, he launched what has become the fiercest anti-corruption campaign in the post-Mao era, which has exposed more than 180,000 cases, some involving very senior officials, the military top brass and the state-sector corporate executives. Read More

Qatar Emir Reeling under Father's Legacy

Qatar, facing growing corruption allegations over the 2022 World Cup and a backlash over Islamists it supported, finds itself isolated a year after its young emir acceded to the throne. But analysts say the gas-rich emirate could bounce back by being "pragmatic" and capitalizing on a legacy of aggressive diplomacy and media clout represented by its Al-Jazeera television network. "Qatar hasn't been the same" since former emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani handed over to his son, Sheikh Tamim, on June 25, 2013, said UAE political science professor Abdulkhaleq Abdullah. Read More

Legislators open graft probe into leader

Liberia's House of Representatives is investigating corruption allegations levelled against the president, her son and their allies by her former energy adviser. In a letter published recently in local newspapers, Christopher Neyor accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's son of soliciting bribes in exchange for oil concessions. Neyor said that he was pressured to steal money from the National Oil Company of Liberia, which he once ran, to give to her re-election campaign. Read More