NEWS

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

GRECO Calls on the USA to Ratify the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption

Council of Europe Group of States against Corruption calls on the USA to ratify the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption, praises the overall transparency of political financing but stresses the need to enhance this transparency in respect of certain types of contributions. [field_txt_news_link]

Labor Rejects Call for National Corruption Agency

The Gillard government has rejected a parliamentary committee's recommendation to establish a national anti-corruption watchdog to oversee all Commonwealth agencies.  The joint parliamentary committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity said ''more needed to be done'' to detect and prevent corruption across Commonwealth agencies. [field_txt_news_link]

IACA- International Anti-Corruption Academy

IACA’s first newsletter for this year. [field_txt_news_link]

Anti-Corruption Training for Government Staff Begins in Yemen

More than 130 junior employees from Yemeni government ministries have taken an intensive anti-corruption training on Jan. 7 and 8 in Sana’a. The target audience – described as critical in fighting corruption – come from the ranks of public procurement, warehousing and financial auditing. [field_txt_news_link]

AidFlow

AidFlows is the result of a partnership between the OECD, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. They came together to raise the transparency of aid, making global data on development assistance more easily accessible. [field_txt_news_link]

Civil Society Against Corruption

Civil Society against corruption (CSaC) is a resource page dedicated to civil society activists against corruption, journalists, and scholars. It documents and promotes anti-corruption initiatives through a database of projects, impact analyses, and diagnosis reports. The page is a partnership between the Hertie School of Governance and the Romanian Academic Society, which began with East European experiences and has become increasingly global in scope and network. For more information, please contact the project coordinator (Bianca Vaz Mondo, b.vaz-mondo@mpp.hertie-school.org). [field_txt_news_link]

Anti-Corruption Law in Cameroon

A new law, that was passed last December by the Cameroonian National Assembly, states that if the object of the crime is restored, the Public Prosecutor can drop the charges, upon written authorization by the minister of justice. [field_txt_news_link]

UNCAC on Track

As part of the peer review process of the UN Convention Against Corruption the following countries will undertake the review process: Egypt, Mali, Lesotho, Djibouti, Algeria, Ghana, the Republic of Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Mauritania. [field_txt_news_link]

Anti-Corruption Self-Assessment

In Burkina Faso, the parliament undertook an anti-corruption self-assessment. In January 2012, UNDP implemented this tool for the first time in Africa. This led to the design of a barometer of parliament’s ability to fight against corruption. [field_txt_news_link]

Almost Half Of Indian Youth Have Paid A Bribe

At least 42 percent of young Indians have paid a bribe, according to a survey of the country's youth conducted by the Hindustan Times. Of 7,000 Indians polled between the ages of 18 and 21 across 15 cities, almost 40 percent of respondents said they would not feel ashamed if they had to pay a bribe. [field_txt_news_link]

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