NEWS

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

Round 3 in Iraq: a war against terror or against corruption?

As the U.S. gears up for its third round of “coalition”-based military intervention in Iraq in less than a quarter-century, experts are questioning whether Washington can achieve anything meaningful when it comes to core political issues such as reducing corruption and reversing the slow collapse of central governments. Read More

11 Places where corrupt people hide their money

Ever wondered where the profits from dodgy deals and crime end up? Here are 11 places that have been used to hide ill-gotten gains. Read More

First conviction in Malawi’s ‘cashgate’ scandal

A Malawi court has made the first conviction of a senior official in the so-called "Cashgate" scandal that led to the suspension of foreign aid and helped push a government from power. Top tourism ministry official Treza Namathanga Senzani pleaded guilty to stealing around $150 000 from state coffers, part of a broader swindle worth at least $30m. She (…) will be sentenced on 15 September. Senzani was arrested last year after a probe found she issued two government cheques to her own company even though it did not provide any services. Read More

Corruption can be stopped, Guinea shows

In most of the developing world, and particularly in Africa, corruption is so entrenched that sometimes it feels insurmountable. Often the forces of accountability and transparency appear powerless against that potent combination of need, greed and gravy. Every now and then, however, a story surfaces that illustrates why corruption is not an irreversible force--and offers lessons in how to stop it. Read More

Invitation to international colleagues - livestreamed US Ethics event

Join us for the U.S. Office of Government Ethics’ National Government Ethics Virtual Summit Would you like to learn more about how the U.S. Government ensures the integrity of government programs and operations?  Would you like to learn from thought leaders from the executive branch ethics community, representatives from the legislative and judicial branches, members of the press, advocates from good government groups, noted scholars from academia, and officials from state and local governments? Read More

Widodo Needs Computers to Tackle Village Graft

Indonesia’s incoming president Joko Widodo will need to move bureaucracy online across the world’s largest archipelago to better tackle corruption, the country’s financial crime agency said. Read More

Corruption 'impoverishes and kills millions'

The ONE group says money lost because of corruption would otherwise be spent on school and medicine. An estimated $1tn (£600bn) a year is being taken out of poor countries and millions of lives are lost because of corruption, according to campaigners. A report by the US-based anti-poverty organisation One says much of the progress made over the past two decades in tackling extreme poverty has been put at risk by corruption and crime. Read More

Corruption concerns taint burgeoning China-Africa trade

Africa’s mineral, timber and oil wealth has been highly sought – and fought over – for years, mainly by Western nations. Today, though, Africa has become a strong trading partner for China, which surpassed the United States in 2009 and whose bilateral trade reached $210 billion in 2013. Read More

Commentary by Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group - How technology is beating corruption

"Good governance is critical for all countries around the world today. When it doesn’t exist, many governments fail to deliver public services effectively, health and education services are often substandard and corruption persists in rich and poor countries alike, choking opportunity and growth. It will be difficult to reduce extreme poverty — let alone end it — without addressing the importance of good governance. Read More

The Basel Institute on Governance releases 2014 Edition of the Basel AML Index

The 2014 edition is the third release of the Basel Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Index. First published in April 2012, it continues to be the only rating of country money laundering/terrorist financing risk by an independent non-profit institution. The current Basel AML Index edition covers 162 countries and focuses on anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CTF) frameworks and other related factors such as financial/public transparency and judicial strength. Read More

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