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

Latest news from Koreas Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission

2014 Integrity Index of Korea scores 7.78 The integrity levels of 640 public organizations averaged 7.78 out of 10, a slight decrease from last year according to the Integrity Assessment conducted by the ACRC.

Tanzania: Bribes rife on Tanzania roads - survey

Traffic police, Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) personnel and weighbridge attendants still demand bribes from truck drivers, a new report says. Though the amount of bribes which the truck drivers were made to pay as well as time they spend in roadblocks have decreased, the problem is far from over, the report noted. The Central and Dar Corridor Roadblocks Monitoring Survey by the Centre for Economic Prosperity shows that truck drivers paid an average of Sh1,354 in bribe to traffic police per stop, making an annual total of Sh3,320,970. Read More

IACA Newsletter

With this last newsletter of the year, IACA would like to give special emphasis to two notable events that highlighted the fourth quarter of 2014 – the third session of our Assembly of Parties and the graduation of the first class of our Master students.

Jim Kim and Prince William: International Approach Needed for Fighting Corruption

As part of his work as United for Wildlife President, the Duke of Cambridge joined World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim at the opening of the International Corruption Hunters Alliance, addressing more than 300 corruption experts, heads and senior members of anti-corruption and prosecuting agencies; and representatives of international organizations from more than 120 countries. 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, and merchants go without bridges and roads. The African Union estimates that one-quarter of Africa’s Gross Domestic Product is lost every year due to corruption—dramatically increasing levels of poverty in an already 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

Steering Senegal Towards Greater Transparency in Governance and Public Finance Management

Whistleblowing in Senegal has just gotten easier. In fact, there is even an app for it. Recently created by the National Anti-Corruption and Fraud Office (OFNAC), the mobile application is part of a series of innovative initiatives launched by the Senegalese government to promote the reporting of acts of corruption and increase investigations of fraud, bribery, and embezzlement. Read More

Integrity in Afdb Projects - Afdb Debars and Fines China First Highway Engineering Co. Ltd.

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on December 15, 2014, announced the conclusion of a Negotiated Settlement Agreement with China First Highway Engineering Co. Ltd. (CFHEC). Ensuing from investigations conducted by the AfDB's Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (IACD), CFHEC admitted to fraudulent and collusive practices in tendering for an AfDB-financed contract in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read More

Tanzania: Attorney general resigns over graft accusations

(Reuters)Tanzania's attorney general resigned late on Tuesday, becoming the first political casualty in an energy corruption scandal in the east African country that has led Western donors to delay aid and weakened the currency. The resignation followed a vote in parliament late last month calling on the government to dismiss senior officials, including Attorney General Frederick Werema, for their role in an energy deal that lawmakers say was fraudulent. President Jakaya Kikwete has said he will respond later this week to parliament's resolution, which was binding. Read More

41% of Egyptian corruption investigations incomplete: World Bank

In 19% of cases, civil servants caught accepting bribes were left uninvestigated, with another 41 % of investigations opened but not concluded, according to a World Bank statement issued Friday. The statement added that Egypt’s problem in fighting corruption is not the lack of regulations needed to crack down on corruption but that the country failed to enforce them, leaving civil servants rarely punished. Read More

Prince William and President Kim: Hunt Down Corruption

The Duke of Cambridge and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim spoke to more than 300 anti-corruption officials assembled for the International Corruption Hunters Alliance meeting. Prince William announced the founding of a new task force to shut down illegal wildlife trade routes. The corruption hunters will also have sessions on illicit financial flows, transnational bribery, new financial investigative techniques, corruption prevention, and collective action with the private sector. Read More