NEWS

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

GRECO News

Newsletter from the Group of States against corruption. [field_txt_news_link]

The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission Newsletter: Summer 2015

The newsletter includes information on ACRCs recent anti-corruption activities and latest news on what the Korean government is doing to improve the nation's transparency on this newsletter. [field_txt_news_link]

Obama to press African leaders on rights and corruption

US President Barack Obama has told the BBC he will continue to deliver his "blunt message" to African leaders about gay rights and discrimination. "I am not a fan of discrimination and bullying of anybody on the basis of race... religion... sexual orientation or gender," he said. Mr Obama was talking ahead of a trip to his ancestral home of Kenya. The visit also demonstrated US commitment to the fighting terror in East Africa, he said. It will be his first visit to Kenya since becoming president. He will become the first US leader to address the African Union when he travels on to Ethiopia on Sunday. Mr Obama has faced criticism in some African countries after the US legalised gay marriage. However, the president said he would not fall silent on the issue. The US leader also admitted that some African governments, including Kenya's, needed to improve their records on human rights and democracy. However, he defended his decision to engage with and visit those governments. "Well, they're not ideal institutions. But what we found is, is that when we combined blunt talk with engagement, that gives us the best opportunity to influence and open up space for civil society." President Obama said the US would continue to co-operate with Kenya and other East African nations to counter the threats from Islamist extremists groups. He is due to address the global entrepreneurship summit in the capital, Nairobi this weekend, which the US State Department said could provide "a target for terrorists". But Mr Obama told the BBC's North America editor Jon Sopel that there is a link between security and entrepreneurship. "When they [people] have a sense of control of their own destiny, then they're less vulnerable to the propaganda and twisted ideologies that have been attracting young people - particularly now being turbocharged through social media." [field_txt_news_link]

Africa: What African presidents are paid, why it matters

The Africa Review has compiled and analysed salaries of African leaders to try and see what they tell about the relationship between those in power and the governed. The search shows that only a few countries make public what they pay their leaders – a key finding itself that suggests a lack of transparency. In many African countries, the first thing leaders do when they come into power is to increase their pay: In Egypt, for instance, the president’s pay shot up from a paltry $280 per month, put in place by the austere Mohammed Morsy administration, to $5,900 (Ksh584,000) per month just before General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi predictably won election. In other countries, leaders take a disproportionate share of the national income for their personal use. In Morocco, the Treasury spends, by one account, $1 million a day on King Mohammed VI’s 12 royal palaces and 30 private residences. That is on top of $7.7 million spent on an entourage of royal automobiles, and a monthly salary of $40,000 (Ksh4m) paid to the monarch. In 2014, King Mswati of Swaziland increased his personal budget, which includes his salary and the welfare of his extensive family, by 10 per cent to $61 million, a significant chunk of the kingdom’s overall budget. As the royal budget isn’t debated or passed by Parliament, it automatically became law. Some presidents have deceptively small salaries but have, personally or through family members, massive control over their countries’ resources. For example, President Eduardo dos Santos has a modest monthly salary of $5,000 (Ksh500,000) but is widely believed to control a lot of the wealth produced from Angola’s oil-industry, and his family members own some of the biggest enterprises in the country. [field_txt_news_link]

Sierra Leone: Anti-graft commission investigates procurement of buses

APA-Freetown (Sierra Leone) Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has commenced investigation into the procurement processes in the purchase of 100 public transport buses, officials of the commission announced on Tuesday. The investigation followed widespread public outcry over the procurement of the vehicles manufactured in China. There have been claims that the vehicles are not new and that the cost is inflated. [field_txt_news_link]

Comming soon: The Quest for Good Governance: How Societies Develop Control of Corruption

Why do some societies manage to control corruption so that it manifests itself only occasionally, while other societies remain systemically corrupt? This book is about how societies reach that point when integrity becomes the norm and corruption the exception in regard to how public affairs are run and public resources are allocated. It primarily asks what lessons we have learned from historical and contemporary experiences in developing corruption control, which can aid policy-makers and civil societies in steering and expediting this process. [field_txt_news_link]

U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre Newsletter

This issue cover topics including gender, corruption hunters, wildlife, mining, fisheries, REDD+, e-governance. [field_txt_news_link]

What Happened In Oslo Shouldn’t Stay In Oslo

Last week I had the pleasure and honor of participating in the Oslo, 2015 Anti-Corruption Conference, at the invitation of Helge Kvamme, Partner, Investigations and Compliance, Selmer Law Firm, Norway, and a member of the Organizing Committee as well as a speaker during the Conference. [field_txt_news_link]

Albania makes headway in battle to beat corruption and improve its image

In Albania, corruption has long been part of everyday life. People talk of taking a loved one to hospital and having to pay the doctor to get the best treatment, or of going to a property registration office and being asked to pay an extra “fee” to speed things up. [field_txt_news_link]

Zambia adopts e-procurement system to curb corruption

Zambia has joined the growing list of countries in Africa that are adopting electronic procurement systems in an effort to curb rampant corruption in bidding for public contracts, especially in the telecom and construction sectors. [field_txt_news_link]

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