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

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. [field_txt_news_link]

UNDP Anti-corruption for Development News

 UNDP Anti-corruption for Development News Update: October 2014 | Vol. 23 [field_txt_news_link]

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. [field_txt_news_link]

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. [field_txt_news_link]

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. [field_txt_news_link]

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. [field_txt_news_link]

Somalia to rewrite contracts in response to corruption concerns

Somalia is cancelling or renegotiating a series of high-profile contracts ranging from oil exploration to port operations as the country struggles to stave off donors’ concerns about government corruption.   [field_txt_news_link]

IACA Newsletter 2014 - 3

Latest news from the International Anti-Corruption Academy. [field_txt_news_link]

New Creative Productivity Index to help foster innovation in Asia

A new Creative Productivity Index developed by the Asian Development Bank and Economist Intelligence Unit ranks 22 countries in the Asia and Pacific region according to how efficiently they can turn creative inputs into tangible innovation. The index uses 36 input indicators to measure the capacity and incentives for innovation, including how many global top 500 universities a country has, the urbanization rate, spending on research and development, protection of intellectual property rights, and corruption and bureaucracy. [field_txt_news_link]