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

Corruption in municipal bodies poses 'biggest obstacle' in China’s battle vs graft

Rampant corruption at the municipal level could be the worst obstacle Chinese authorities face in their fight against graft. The problem was highlighted recently as media reported more cases involving local-level officials taking bribes collectively. Zhang Ming, a professor of political science at Renmin University, said that such widely entrenched corruption at the local level was even more of a problem than corrupt senior officials. "It's no use cutting off the branch of a tree if the roots are diseased," Zhang said. [field_txt_news_link]

Launch of joint OECD and StAR report - "Few and Far: The Hard Facts on Stolen Asset Recovery"

This report updates the 2011 edition of this report, tracking the asset recovery efforts by OECD countries between 2010 and 2012. Compared to the last reporting period (2006 to 2009), we observe a significant increase in the freezing of stolen assets. More assets have been returned, but compared to what is estimated to have been stolen, the recovered sums are low. The report also contains key recommendations for development agencies.   [field_txt_news_link]

Good-Bye Industrial Policy, Hello Productive Development Policy

IDB September newsletter. [field_txt_news_link]

Round 3 in Iraq: a war against terror or against corruption?

As the U.S. gears up for its third round of “coalition”-based military intervention in Iraq in less than a quarter-century, experts are questioning whether Washington can achieve anything meaningful when it comes to core political issues such as reducing corruption and reversing the slow collapse of central governments. [field_txt_news_link]

11 Places where corrupt people hide their money

Ever wondered where the profits from dodgy deals and crime end up? Here are 11 places that have been used to hide ill-gotten gains. [field_txt_news_link]

First conviction in Malawi’s ‘cashgate’ scandal

A Malawi court has made the first conviction of a senior official in the so-called "Cashgate" scandal that led to the suspension of foreign aid and helped push a government from power. Top tourism ministry official Treza Namathanga Senzani pleaded guilty to stealing around $150 000 from state coffers, part of a broader swindle worth at least $30m. She (…) will be sentenced on 15 September. Senzani was arrested last year after a probe found she issued two government cheques to her own company even though it did not provide any services. [field_txt_news_link]

Corruption can be stopped, Guinea shows

In most of the developing world, and particularly in Africa, corruption is so entrenched that sometimes it feels insurmountable. Often the forces of accountability and transparency appear powerless against that potent combination of need, greed and gravy. Every now and then, however, a story surfaces that illustrates why corruption is not an irreversible force--and offers lessons in how to stop it. [field_txt_news_link]

Invitation to international colleagues - livestreamed US Ethics event

Join us for the U.S. Office of Government Ethics’ National Government Ethics Virtual Summit Would you like to learn more about how the U.S. Government ensures the integrity of government programs and operations?  Would you like to learn from thought leaders from the executive branch ethics community, representatives from the legislative and judicial branches, members of the press, advocates from good government groups, noted scholars from academia, and officials from state and local governments? [field_txt_news_link]

Widodo Needs Computers to Tackle Village Graft

Indonesia’s incoming president Joko Widodo will need to move bureaucracy online across the world’s largest archipelago to better tackle corruption, the country’s financial crime agency said. [field_txt_news_link]

Corruption 'impoverishes and kills millions'

The ONE group says money lost because of corruption would otherwise be spent on school and medicine. An estimated $1tn (£600bn) a year is being taken out of poor countries and millions of lives are lost because of corruption, according to campaigners. A report by the US-based anti-poverty organisation One says much of the progress made over the past two decades in tackling extreme poverty has been put at risk by corruption and crime. [field_txt_news_link]