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

It's Time to Get Serious About Global Corruption

The United States should put combating corruption at the center of its development and diplomacy agendas.  While good governance and anticorruption have been a feature of U.S. development policy for decades, the time is right to return to this issue.  For practical and political reasons, the United States should lead the charge in a renewed fight to improve governance, increase transparency, and reduce corruption around the world. The U.S. [field_txt_news_link]

U4 Anti-corruption news

Latest news from the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre. [field_txt_news_link]

Graft slows Cameroon, Malaysia fight against illegal logging: thinktank

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cameroon and Malaysia have failed to make progress in tackling illegal logging since 2010, due to corruption and a lack of transparency and political will, a report by a British thinktank said on Wednesday. [field_txt_news_link]

UK and international donors suspend Tanzania aid after corruption claims

International donors have suspended nearly $500m (£311m) in budget support to Tanzania in response to claims that senior government officials siphoned off funds from the country’s central bank under the guise of energy contracts. The chair of Tanzania’s public accounts committee, Zitto Kabwe, said several high-ranking officials colluded with corrupt businessmen to transfer $122m from a holding account in the central bank to private accounts overseas. [field_txt_news_link]

Anti-Corruption Research Newsletter

This newsletter is part of the Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN), a Transparency International initiative to strengthen the knowledge community and information service for anti-corruption research. [field_txt_news_link]

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. [field_txt_news_link]

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. [field_txt_news_link]

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. [field_txt_news_link]

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. [field_txt_news_link]

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. [field_txt_news_link]