Weekly news – 30 March 2018
Commitment is crucial in the fight against corruption.
- This week, we see this in both Vietnam, where a high-profile crusade against corruption is generating lots of publicity but very few results, and France, where commitment takes centre stage at the Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum hosted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
- In Paris, our chair, Delia Ferreira Rubio, outlined what leaders must do to commit to anti-corruption and declared: “Commitment is not just a speech. It’s working hard to produce changes.” Hear her discuss commitment in this one minute video and read about turning ideas into action in this blog.
- Also at the forum, our Australian chapter shared how it’s working with local leaders to ensure sustainable mining that is free of corruption, while our advocacy team described its work with investigative journalists to tackle an alarming trend between attacks on reporters and corruption.
In early March, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) launched a series of investigations into the EU member states’ Golden Visa programmes. The investigations show how governments have been trading citizenship or residence rights for investment and the risks such schemes may pose. The Hungarian government, in particular, has been operating, by design, a highly controversial programme. While currently no longer accepting applications, there have been talks that the government may resume the programme after the 2018 parliamentary election.
Today’s story is from Pakistan where access to healthcare in rural areas can be difficult and is often rife with problems. Transparency International Pakistan have set up mobile Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALACs) in rural locations to help local citizens voice their concerns and create change. Catch up here.
How can we bring more people on board to do something about corruption? 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.
Around the globe building codes of modern governments are failing, undermined by corruption, lax regulation and the forces of nature. IACCYoung Journalist Andrew Ochieng investigates corruption in Kenya’s building sector.
Built to Fail was produced by Journalists for Transparency, a project of Transparency International, in collaboration with 100Reporters.
Switzerland: OECD says Switzerland needs to step up the fight against ‘foreign bribery’
Pakistan: Pakistan’s New Ambassador to US accused of Embezzlement
OCCRP (TI mention)
USA: A cabinet of conspicuous corruption
South Africa: South Africa Corruption Inc
Liberia/USA: Catch me if you can: Exxon complicit in corrupt Liberian oil sector
Source: Transparency International
“Commitment is not just a speech. It’s working hard to produce changes.”