NEWS

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

Corruption and fraud perception in South Africa grows

Bribery and corruption perceptions within South Africa’s business industry has significantly risen in the past two years. 78% of South Africans believe that bribery and corruption is widespread in the country. [field_txt_news_link]

Integrity Watch Afghanistan releases 2 research papers

Review of Wakil-e-Gozars’ Duties and Their Relationship with Administrative Corruption. Wakil-e-Gozars (district/ neighborhood representatives) in Afghanistan act as the middlemen between the government and local communities, for a range of activities and services that require attestation. The process of reaching the position of a Wakil-e-Gozar involves selections at the community level. It has been observed that Wakils take bribes for some of their activities and are sometimes involved in corruption. [field_txt_news_link]

Corruption fallout will put Bermuda's recovery at risk

Premier Craig Cannonier resigned on May 19 over his acceptance of 300,000 dollars in campaign funds from a US real estate developer. Cannonier denied any impropriety, but he soon lost support amongst his colleagues in the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA). Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs Mark Pettingill followed Cannonier out of office three days later. [field_txt_news_link]

Millennium Challenge Corporation partners with Timor-Leste in anti-corruption fight

The Millennium Challenge Corporation’s $10.5 million threshold program with Timor-Leste invested in an array of activities to curb corruption, including conducting anti-corruption educational campaigns, reforming laws to strengthen anti-corruption efforts, bolstering the country’s Anti-Corruption Commission, and improving procurement practices. The threshold program ended in March 2014. "It takes political courage to take on vested interests. [field_txt_news_link]

Building Anti-corruption Agencies in the African Commonwealth

Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACAs) have been established in increasing numbers of countries in recent years and have complemented the efforts by public prosecutors and the judiciary to curb corruption in their countries. Are they making a difference? The unanimous view of the heads of 17 ACAs from African countries that are members of the Commonwealth is a resounding yes. [field_txt_news_link]

INTERVIEW--IMF: 'More transparency' needed in Afghanistan

As Afghans head to the polls on June 14, there are growing concerns over the country's economic future after foreign troops leave. The IMF's Paul Ross talks to DW about the challenges facing the next government. Afghans are set to go to the polls on Saturday for the second round of their presidential election. If successful, the vote pitting former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah against ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani will mark the first democratic transition of power in the war-torn country's history. [field_txt_news_link]

ACC sues DG Food for alleged corruption

The Anti Corruption Commission has filed a case against Director General of Food Ahmed Hossain Khan for allegedly committing corruption in a project of the World Bank. ACC deputy director M Mafidul Islam filed the case against him with Shahbagh Police Station in the city on Sunday night. The Commission at a meeting on Sunday morning gave approval for filing the case against Ahmed Hossain Khan, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told the fact. [field_txt_news_link]

UNODC launches comprehensive India National Anti-Corruption Referral

On 29 May 2014, UNODC launched the National Anti-Corruption Referral of key contacts in vigilance and anti-corruption desks across India'. The referral contains 10,000 entries and provides relevant contact information on vigilance desks in a variety of institutions at the national level, such as the Central Bureau of Investigation, Central Vigilance Commission and the Enforcement Directorate. [field_txt_news_link]

GOPAC granted observer status in the Egmont Group

The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) has been granted Observer Status in the Egmont Group. The Egmont Group represents the vast majority of Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) around the world. These FIUs monitor financial transactions locally and globally, and identify suspicious transactions for follow-up and investigation by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. They also play an important role in the recovery and repatriation of stolen corrupt assets. [field_txt_news_link]

UNDP to launch Social Innovation Fund on Anti-Corruption for Development in Asia-Pacific

Using text messages to crowdsource corruption information. Establishing citizens' accountability forums to review development plans and budget allocations at the local level. Digitizing scholarship data to increase school enrolment of girls from marginalized groups. These are just three of some 14 anti-corruption initiatives being considered for the Social Innovation Fund on Anti-Corruption for Development. [field_txt_news_link]

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