Weekly news – 16 March 2018
Is Latin America at a turning point in the fight against corruption?
- This week, at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Latin America, our Chair, Delia Ferreira Rubio, set out to São Paulo, Brazil to lead the debate.
- “Corruption is like the tango; you need two to dance. In each corrupt agreement, there is someone from the public sector and someone from the private sector – the one demanding or accepting bribes and the other paying or offering them. We cannot tackle the problem by focusing on only one of the partners.” – Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair of Transparency International
- At the WEF, our chair participated in the launch of Tech for Integrity, a digital platform that leverages emerging technologies to accelerate anti-corruption efforts. She also engaged in a panel discussion on how to break the cycle of corruption. In it, she stressed the importance of ending impunity and preventing corruption by regulating and monitoring political finance, and tackling conflicts of interest.
- Meanwhile, back in Europe, parliament members debated next steps in the ongoing investigation into the murder of Slovakian journalist, Ján Kuciak. Kuciak was possibly exposed after submitting requests for information while investigating corruption.
- Calling on the European Union to take swift action, the NGO community released a joint statement urging parliament members to uphold the rights of journalists, activists and all individuals in making freedom of information requests.
News from Transparency International
On the night of Thursday 8 March, the offices of our chapter in the Republic of the Congo were broken into and vandalised. Several computers and data storage devices were stolen and the offices ransacked. Transparency International strongly condemns the attack and calls on judicial authorities to ensure a full investigation.
Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) is alarmed by the continued blocking of social media and other communication tools on the orders of the government and calls on the government to immediately reinstate access. In spite of reassurances that the ban will be lifted by the end of the week, the prevailing discussion on moves to regulate social media platforms also provides cause for concern. While the move may have been well-intentioned, continuing to prevent the free flow of information is not a means by which to address deficiencies in maintaining law and order.
— Transparency Int’l (@anticorruption) 12. března 2018
New on Voices for Transparency
Engaging civil society to tackle corruption: Three ideas for activists to capitalise on the Sustainable Development Goal framework
Adopted in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call on world leaders to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure global peace and prosperity for all by the year 2030. Corruption represents a major obstacle to reaching the 17 goals that 193 countries have committed to achieve under this ambitious global development agenda. Here are three ideas for activists to tackle corruption across the SDG framework.
Today’s story is from Nepal, where access to health care can be difficult, especially in rural areas. Transparency International Nepal have set up mobile help desks across the country in order to call on institutions that are not delivering public services properly.
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How can we bring more people on board? Or, put differently, how can we incentivise their engagement? Mahmoud Farag puts together a range of ideas to help get more people engaged — and sustain that engagement — in the fight against corruption.
Corruption in the news this week
Russia: Russian corruption case faces court battle
Deutsche Welle (16 March, TI mention)
Global: Russian billions slip through Latvia’s loose net
RTE (16 March)
Global: Ex-Siemens employee pleads guilty in U.S. to Argentine bribery scheme
euronews (15 March)
Global: Corporate corruption is everywhere. Can data catch the criminals?
Quartz (14 March)
China: ‚More opposition in Mao’s time.‘ Why China’s Xi Jinping may have to rule for life
TIME (12 March)
Global: Greece’s golden visa program under fire
Handelsblatt (12 March)
Source: Transparency International
“Corruption is like the tango; you need two to dance. In each corrupt agreement, there is someone from the public sector and someone from the private sector – the one demanding or accepting bribes and the other paying or offering them. We cannot tackle the problem by focusing on only one of the partners.” – Delia Ferreira Rubio