Weekly news – 7 December 2018
This Sunday, 9 December, is International Anti-Corruption Day. Around the world anti-corruption activists will be highlighting that no country is immune to the effects of corruption.
Most countries are making too little progress in ending corruption, as we found in our Corruption Perceptions Index 2017. Similarly, we’ve found that despite lofty promises the G20 is moving too slowly on implementing its anti-corruption commitments, and OECD members are not actively enforcing laws against bribing abroad. Even some UN agencies, like the International Maritime Organization (IMO), are not doing enough to combat corruption.
As UN Secretary-General António Guterres said, “The World Economic Forum estimates that the cost of corruption is at least $2.6 trillion — or 5 per cent of global gross domestic product…Corruption begets more corruption and fosters a corrosive culture of impunity.”
This might sound all doom and gloom, but there is hope.
Ordinary citizens all over the world are coming together to fight back against corruption and they are making a real difference.
There are many ways you can get involved:
Attend an International Anti-Corruption Day event
We are hosting various special events across the world, find the nearest near you!
Have you experienced corruption? Say something! Transparency International has over 100 Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALACs) in more than 60 countries around the world. Find the centre nearest you.
Find a chapter
Contact your local chapter find out how you can get involve!
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News from Transparency International
Corruption impacts the poorest and most vulnerable in society the hardest. It is ordinary citizens who suffer most when the corrupt steal funds intended for public services like infrastructure, healthcare and education, or take back-handers to award lucrative contracts to their cronies.
But, when ordinary people fight back against corruption, they can make a real difference.
New on Voices for Transparency
No more empty promises, the time for action on corruption is now – commemorating International Anti-Corruption Day
Our Chair, Delia Ferreira Rubio highlights the stories of citizens in the fight against corruption across the globe.
According to the US Department of Justice, a Venezuelan Businessman and his partners bought a bank in the Dominican Republic for the purpose of laundering money and paying bribes to Venezuelan officials.
Land related corruption makes up a huge part of the complaints our chapter in Papua New Guinea receives at their Advocacy and Legal Advice Center. To fight land corruption, community engagement and reforms are crucial, but not always enough.
The UK Government is suspending the UK Tier 1 (Investor) Visa – a type of ‘Golden Visa’ scheme – over money-laundering concerns. How did the application process work and what made it susceptible to money laundering?
To celebrate International Anti-Corruption Day, Transparency International and the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) will bring a special edition of the festival FILMS 4 TRANSPARENCY to Berlin. This Sunday, we will be screening 3 exceptional documentaries from Spain, UK/Colombia and South Africa. Get your tickets and join us!
Source: Transparency International
The World Economic Forum estimates that the cost of corruption is at least $2.6 trillion — or 5 per cent of global gross domestic product...Corruption begets more corruption and fosters a corrosive culture of impunity.