NEWS

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

IACA- International Anti-Corruption Academy

Fifth Edition of this year’s International Anti-Corruption Academy Newsletter. [field_txt_news_link]

Launch of the Global Anti-Corruption Portal

UNDP is pleased to launch the beta version of the Global Portal on Anti-Corruption on this International Anti-Corruption Day, December 9th 2011. This portal responds to growing demand across the world for information about anti-corruption measures and best practices. This public portal (www.anti-corruption.org) is designed to be a one-stop-shop for sharing knowledge on anti-corruption work by countries. It presents documents related to anti-corruption legislative frameworks, information about anti-corruption agencies, and the work carried out by civil society organization to combat corruption. Dec 9, 2011. [field_txt_news_link]

UNDP-UNODC Anti-Corruption Day Campaign 2011

Today is Anti-Corruption Day 2011 and UNDP and UNODC have launched a joint campaign. Many activities are happening today and in East Asia and the Pacific these activities range from music concerts, panels and speaking events to TV public service announcements and interviews and anti-corruption posters. [field_txt_news_link]

The Slovenian Commission Launched Online Application to Monitor Public Spending

The Slovenian Commission for the Prevention of Corruption has recently launched an online application called Supervizor, which allows citizens to monitor public spending in the country. Supervizor provides information to users on business transactions of the public sector bodies – direct and indirect budget users (bodies of legislative, judicial and executive branch, autonomous and independent state bodies, local communities and their parts with legal personality, public institutes, public funds, public agencies etc.). Supervizor is one of quite of few good practices reported recently to the Secretariat of UNCAC. [field_txt_news_link]

Anti-Corruption Boss: Whistleblowers ' Do Not Fare Well' in Serbia

In an exclusive interview with the EurActive Serbia, Zorana Marković, director of Serbia's Anti-Corruption Agency, presents her plan to make institutions’ corruption resistance and warns that the country's existing legislation is insufficient to protect whistleblowers.   [field_txt_news_link]

Transparency International Releases its 2011 Corruption Perception Index

Transparency International released the 2011 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) on December 1, 2011. The index scores 183 countries and territories from 0 (highly corrupt) to 10 (very clean) based on perceived levels of public sector corruption. It uses data from 17 surveys that look at factors such as enforcement of anti-corruption laws, access to information and conflicts of interest. Two thirds of ranked countries score less than 5. [field_txt_news_link]

Book Launch: International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption, Volume Two

We are pleased to announce that the results of Anti-corruption Authorities (ACAs) initiative are presented in chapter of the newly-launched, "International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption, Volume Two". The handbook is edited by Susan Rose-Ackerman, Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence (Law and Political Science), Yale University, and Tina Søreide, Senior Researcher, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI). This handbook is a companion volume to the International Handbook on the Economics of Corruption published in 2006; the specially commissioned papers in Volume Two present some of the best policy-oriented research in the field. [field_txt_news_link]

Nigeria's Anti-Corruption Chief Farida Waziri Sacked

The chairperson of the Nigeria anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Farida Waziri, has been fired. No reason was given for the unexpected decision, according to report from the BBC. Her predecessor at the EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, was removed midway through his term in 2007 not long after Umaru Yar'Adua became president. Ibrahim Lamorde, who served as the commission’s director of operations, will be the acting replacement with “immediate effect,” according to a statement on the Nigerian government’s website. [field_txt_news_link]

Transparency International's 2011 Bribe Payers Index Released

Transparency International's 2011 Bribe Payers Index shows that bribing public officials when doing business abroad is a regular occurrence. According to this survey, which polled some 3,000 business executives worldwide, there is widespread practice of companies paying bribes to public officials in order to, for example, win public tenders, avoid regulation, speed up government processes or influence policy. The 2011 Bribe Payers Index also looks at the likelihood of firms in 19 specific sectors to engage in bribery and exert undue influence on governments. [field_txt_news_link]

Montenegro Became a Founding Member of the International Anti-Corruption Academy

The International Anti-Corruption Academy was established at the ceremony during the conference "From Vision to Reality: A New and Holistic Approach to Fighting Corruption", which took place in Vienna on 2-3 September 2010. [field_txt_news_link]

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