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

Party's grip constrains China's anti-corruption drive

Xi Jinping, then vice-president, warned in 2012 that corruption could cause "public anger, civil unrest and government collapse". After becoming president, he launched what has become the fiercest anti-corruption campaign in the post-Mao era, which has exposed more than 180,000 cases, some involving very senior officials, the military top brass and the state-sector corporate executives. [field_txt_news_link]

Qatar Emir Reeling under Father's Legacy

Qatar, facing growing corruption allegations over the 2022 World Cup and a backlash over Islamists it supported, finds itself isolated a year after its young emir acceded to the throne. But analysts say the gas-rich emirate could bounce back by being "pragmatic" and capitalizing on a legacy of aggressive diplomacy and media clout represented by its Al-Jazeera television network. "Qatar hasn't been the same" since former emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani handed over to his son, Sheikh Tamim, on June 25, 2013, said UAE political science professor Abdulkhaleq Abdullah. [field_txt_news_link]

Legislators open graft probe into leader

Liberia's House of Representatives is investigating corruption allegations levelled against the president, her son and their allies by her former energy adviser. In a letter published recently in local newspapers, Christopher Neyor accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's son of soliciting bribes in exchange for oil concessions. Neyor said that he was pressured to steal money from the National Oil Company of Liberia, which he once ran, to give to her re-election campaign. [field_txt_news_link]

Why are anti-corruption agencies more successful in some countries?

"Singapore and Hong Kong, which were once infested with corruption, are now virtually corruption-free. In this transformation, the anti-corruption agencies in those countries played a pivotal role. They eradicated corruption in a relatively short period. In contrast, countries such as Bangladesh and India, which lie at the top rung of the corruption league, are having a difficult time in making even a small dent in the problem. Why are anti-corruption agencies more successful in some countries than others?" [field_txt_news_link]

State bureaucracy slows down Africa’s growth, says report

Poor coordination between ministries and policy makers has been identified as a key challenge that has held back the country’s budding manufacturing sector from realising its potential. According to The Economic Report on   [field_txt_news_link]

Is There a Link Between Digital Media and Good Governance?

Meyers, Mary. Is There a Link Between Digital Media and Good Governance? What the Academics Say - A Report to the Center for International Media Assistance. Washington, DC: Center for International Media Assistance, 19 June 2013. This study from the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) focuses on academic thinking on good governance and digital media, taken to mean "all the various types of new information and communication technologies such as the Internet, social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter, blogs, podcasts, SMS [text messages] and mobile phones.... [field_txt_news_link]

UNESCO launches ETICO, new portal to fight corruption in education

ETICO, a unique new portal aimed at fighting corruption in education systems around the world, was launched 16 June 2014 by UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO).   [field_txt_news_link]

ICAC Post, ICAC, Hong Kong

Welcome to the ICAC Post, the new online newsletter of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Hong Kong. With two issues per year, the ICAC Post, aims to give an update of the agency’s concerted probity building efforts for different sectors. It also features significant bribery scams handled by the ICAC and the lessons learnt therein. [field_txt_news_link]

Donors slash Mozambique aid by 11% over corruption claims

The group of donors who contribute aid directly to the Southern African nation’s coffers pledged $275-million in aid this week – down from $309-million last year. Norway decided to stop its commitment altogether, joining Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain who all pulled out from direct budget support recently. Italy’s ambassador Roberto Vellano said “concerns over fiscal transparency, fighting corruption and other outstanding issues” had led “some partners to think they could no longer confirm their participation in this kind of support”. [field_txt_news_link]

China investigation finds 1,000 'naked officials' in Guangdong

According to a BBC story, an investigation in China has revealed that more than 1,000 officials in the southern province of Guangdong have spouses or children living abroad. China's communist leaders want to stamp out the practice because they believe it is linked to corruption. The practice is not illegal but gives corrupt officials a route to send abroad any money obtained illegally. [field_txt_news_link]