NEWS

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

NACC expects 'milestone year' in fight against graft

National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) chairman Panthep Klanarongran yesterday stressed that every Thai citizen's determination and cooperation were essential in fighting graft and creating a corruption-free society. Such community action is necessary for the Kingdom's development and position in the international arena, he said. Panthep said prevention was as important as prosecution of corruption cases, as law enforcement alone was not enough to solve the problem.  Read More

New Frontiers in Understanding and Addressing Corruption

When politicians steal public funds rather than spend public funds appropriately, schools go without books, patients go without medicine, merchants go without bridges and roads. The African Union estimates that one-quarter of Africa’s GDP is lost every year due to corruption – dramatically increasing levels of poverty in an already heartbreakingly poor region. In just the health sector, World Bank surveys show that in some countries up to 80 per cent of non-salary funds never reach local facilities. Read More

Ghana's Mahama to fight ‘Institutionalized’ graft with new bills

Ghana is introducing “numerous”measures to reduce corruption while cabinet ministers will be urged to deal with civil servants guilty of embezzlement, President John Dramani Mahama said.  Ghana’s parliament is considering bills that improve the right of information, support whistleblowers and handle conflicts of interest, Mahama said in a speech today in the capital, Accra. Corruption has become “institutionalized,” he said.  “We must, as a nation, start talking honestly about corruption,” Mahama said. Read More

IACC News: International Anti-Corruption Day 2014

Latest news from the International Anti-Corruption Conference. Read More

Malawi president, deputy defer huge pay rise

Malawian President Peter Mutharika and his deputy have deferred a controversial pay rise for themselves, a top government official said Sunday. The 80-percent increase for the president had drawn criticism in the impoverished southern African nation whose economy has struggled. Prior to Mutharika taking office, Western donors had suspended aid worth $150 million because of concerns over graft. Read More

SEA-PAC Proposes To Include Corporate Liability Provisions In Private Sector

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Dis (Bernama) -- Southeast Asian Parliamentarians Against Corruption (SEA-PAC) Tuesday agreed to follow-up with their respective governments to include corporate liability provisions in the legislative system to address corruption in the private sector.   Read More

Malaysia suggests Asean Ministerial meeting on Anti-Corruption

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has called for the establishment of the Asean Ministerial Meeting on Anti-Corruption to ensure that holistic and coordinated corruption prevention initiatives could be planned at the regional level. In making the proposal, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Paul Low noted that currently there was no specific ministerial portfolio in other Asean governments on good governance and integrity, especially in combating graft. Read More

Corruption Perceptions Index 2014: EU’s role in facilitating global corruption

In the 20th edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), four out of the top five performing countries are European (Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway). However Europe cannot be complacent about the role it plays in facilitating corruption elsewhere.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2014: Clean growth at risk

Berlin, 3 December 2014 – Corruption is a problem for all economies, requiring leading financial centres in the EU and US to act together with fast-growing economies to stop the corrupt from getting away with it, anti-corruption group Transparency International said today.

Tanzania's parliament votes to dismiss ministers after graft report

Tanzania's parliament voted on Saturday to dismiss senior officials, including the attorney general, the energy minister and several other members of cabinet, after a report on corruption in the energy sector. The report - requested by opposition lawmakers - said senior government officials fraudulently authorised the transfer of at least $122 million of public funds to a private company. International donors said last month they will only pay outstanding pledges to what is one of Africa's biggest per capita aid recipients if the findings of the report were published and action taken. Read More

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