NEWS

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

Malawi: Civil servant who stashed $275,000 in car sentenced

A civil servant in Malawi who stashed more than a quarter of a million dollars in the boot of his car has been sentenced to nine years in jail, court officials said Tuesday. Victor Sithole, a 28-year-old accounts assistant, was convicted of money laundering, illegal possession of foreign currency and possessing stolen government property. Police recovered around $275,000 of cash denominated in Malawian kwacha, US dollars and South African rand from his vehicle. Sithole is the second person to be convicted in Malawi's $30 million "Cashgate" scandal. Read More

ICAI report on DFID 's approach to corruption

UK aid watchdog slams DFID’s anti-corruption activities. The UK’s Department of International Development has failed to combat the petty but widespread corruption experienced daily by the world’s poorest people, an aid watchdog has warned. Read More

Africa: The lives of the filthy rich African presidents and their families

The phrase “let them eat cake” is widely attributed to Marie-Antoinette (1755-93), the Queen consort of Louis XVI. She is supposed to have said this when she was told that the French populace had no bread to eat. This statement perhaps best exemplifies the insensitive nature of the lifestyles of African leaders. There are many ways of gauging the vanity of some African leaders. You could count the monuments, universities, football stadiums, hospitals, statutes, highways and schools that bears their names or are dedicated to them. Read More

World Cup 2014 construction in Brazil marred by corruption, waste

BRASILIA, Brazil - The cost of building Brasilia's World Cup stadium has nearly tripled to $900 million in public funds, largely due to allegedly fraudulent billing, government auditors say. The spike in costs has made it the world's second-most expensive soccer arena, even though the city has no major professional team. Read More

Corruption: The Priority Intelligence Requirements

As a bewildering array of convulsions rocks the globe, from Honduras to Nigeria, Iraq to Ukraine, there is increasing reason to believe that acute corruption contributes to international instability. Ukraine’s revolution was in part a rejection of the entrenched corruption of Viktor Yanukovych’s regime. A large swath of Sunni Iraq fell to the self-declared Islamic State after then prime minister Nouri al-Maliki bent Iraqi state function to benefit a tight-knit Shia network, exasperating much of the public. Read More

Malawi: Country’s anti-corruption body arrests more officials in Cashgate scandal

Malawi’s former budget director has become among the latest high profile people to be arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the public graft case known as Cashgate. The recent arrest of Paul Mphwiyo and his wife was the first of a new series of arrests by the country’s corruption busting body, which saw five people arrested within a space of four days. The others are the newly appointed director of the Public Officers’ Assets Declaration, Christopher Tukula, former publicity secretary of the former ruling People’s Party, Hophmally Makande and a lawyer, Ishmael Chioko. Read More

Investigating the efficiency of the Moroccan Anti-Corruption Campaign

ACRN Guest Blogger Nicolas Hamelin discusses a recent investigation he conducted into a 2012 social marketing campaign against corruption in Morocco. While it was widely publicized (reaching 60% of survey respondents), the campaign failed to make a real impact for two key reasons: the overly simplistic nature of the message and, ironically, the general public distrust of the government.        Read More

ACRN Newsletter Issue 17

This newsletter is part of the Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN), a Transparency International initiative to strengthen the knowledge community and information service for anti-corruption research.  Read More

New Immunity Provisions Cast Doubt on Greece’s Efforts to Fight Corruption

ATHENS — The omnibus bill, more than 100 pages long and titled “Measures of Support and Growth for the Greek Economy,” won passage here in the middle of the night in March, as Parliament raced to meet a deadline set by Greece’s creditors. Only afterward did a legislator from the governing New Democracy party notice an unsettling provision. Buried on page 78 was language that essentially gave retroactive immunity to thousands of workers in state-funded organizations that could shield them from future corruption prosecutions. Read More

How cronyism undermines growth, jobs and competition

THE Arab Spring has not delivered all that was hoped for it, but it did call time on two egregious examples of crony capitalism. After the revolution in Tunisia in 2011, 214 businesses, and assets worth $13 billion, including 550 properties and 48 boats and yachts, were confiscated from Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, the deposed president, and his relatives and associates. In Egypt at least 469 businesses were linked to Hosni Mubarak, ousted as its president soon after Mr Ben Ali, some of which were seized. Read More

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