NEWS

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

Peru Divide and Bribe: A Good Example of Inadequate Reforms, State Capture and Corruption

In a recent opinion poll almost half those asked said they believed that if Luis Castañeda was elected as Lima’s mayor he would “steal but would do public works”. In Peru’s regional and local elections on October 5th Mr Castañeda, who denies that he is corrupt, duly won the post. Many limeños remember that, in the job in 2003-10, he built municipal hospitals in poorer areas and concrete stairways in shantytowns. Read More

398 MEPs earn up to €18m from side-jobs - EU Integrity Watch Launch

EU Integrity Watch is a user-friendly database that provides a unique overview of the activities of members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and enables a range of rankings and visual comparisons. It also allows to better monitor potential conflicts of interests or to identify those MEPs with a high degree of external activity. EU Integrity Watch was launched in October 2014 by the Transparency International EU Office (TI-EU). Read More

Equatorial Guinea: Leader's son settles US anti-corruption case for $30m; Department of Justice

The son of the president of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea has agreed to sell $30m worth of assets, including a Malibu mansion, a Ferrari and part of his collection of Michael Jackson memorabilia, to settle an anti-corruption case. In what is the first case of its kind in the US targeting the family of a sitting head of state, the US Department of Justice late on Friday announced a deal with Teodoro Nguema Obiang, eldest son of Teodoro Obiang, who has ruled Equatorial Guinea since he seized power 35 years ago in a bloody coup d'état. Read More

Court jails first official in 'Cashgate' scandal

A Malawi court Tuesday ordered a senior government official jailed for three years, in the first sentence to be handed down in the so-called Cashgate scandal that led to the suspension of foreign aid to the country. Treza Namathanga Senzani, the former principal secretary in the tourism ministry, pleaded guilty to stealing $150,000 from state coffers, and was condemned to three years behind bars for money laundering and theft. "Despite being a first offender, she does not deserve a suspended sentence," ruled judge Ivy Kamanga.

UNDP Anti-corruption for Development News

 UNDP Anti-corruption for Development News Update: October 2014 | Vol. 23 Read More

Mozambique: President Guebuza returns gifted mercedes

Mozambique's president has returned a luxury Mercedes-Benz given to him by a business association, admitting on Tuesday that the gift was a violation of the country's public probity laws. Following public outrage at news that Armando Guebuza had received the keys to a $100,000 (79,200 euro) luxury sedan at a swanky gala dinner last week, his office told AFP the car had been returned. "After having accepted the gift on this occasion, the head of state asked for the legality of the act to be verified," a statement said. Read More

Governance across Africa improving more slowly - Ibrahim survey

Governance in African nations is improving at a slower pace and economic improvements are contributing less to its progress, the Ibrahim Index of African Governance showed on Monday. The most comprehensive survey of its kind on the continent, it rates 52 African nations against criteria including security, human rights, economic stability, just laws, free elections, corruption, infrastructure, poverty, health and education. Read More

Mo Ibrahim Foundation records some improvement in African governance index

The 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), launched on Monday, shows that between 2009 and 2013 overall governance improved on the African continent. However, over the past ten years, the main drivers of this overall positive trend have changed. The results of the 2014 IIAG challenge our perceptions about the state of African governance. Africa is progressing but the story is complex and doesn’t fit the stereotypes. Even if the overall picture looks good, we must all remain vigilant and not get complacent,  said Mo Ibrahim, Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Read More

CALL FOR PAPERS: Institutions of Accountability -- The "In-betweens"

Chr. Michelsen Institute in collaboration with the Department of Administration and Organization Theory, University of Bergen, arranges a workshop 22-23 April 2015 to network for potential joint future research. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words by 1 November 2014. We call for papers on four sub-themes related to in-between accountability institutions: Institutional arrangements and culture, International standardisation and collaboration, and Responsiveness and effectiveness. Read More

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