NEWS

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

World Bank's Jim Kim: global slowdown will harm anti-poverty drive

The president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, has warned that a slowdown in growth across the developing world is a threat to the organisations’s project of reducing poverty. Kim said a fall in global growth to around 3% this year will make it more difficult to raise the living standards of the 1 billion people who still live in extreme poverty. [field_txt_news_link]

Big Data and Anticorruption: A Great Fit

There is no shortage of buzz about Big Data in the anticorruption world. It’s everywhere — from public efforts like Transparency International’s public procurement analysis to cutting-edge private-sector FCPA compliance programs implemented by Ernst & Young. [field_txt_news_link]

NAB seeks women power to help create a corruption-free society

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Karachi on Thursday invited a panel of eminent females to discuss the role of women in an anti-corruption awareness launched by the bureau. [field_txt_news_link]

Kenya corruption watchdog makes allegations against 175 officials

Kenya's anti-graft watchdog published a report detailing corruption allegations against 175 government officials on Tuesday, with some cases involving multi-billion-dollar Chinese-backed infrastructure projects. [field_txt_news_link]

Fifth Kenyan minister steps aside to make way for graft probe

A fifth Kenyan government minister vacated her post on Sunday, three days after President Uhuru Kenyatta said officials cited in a report by an anti-corruption watchdog should step aside pending investigation. Kenyatta's spokesman said Lands Minister Charity Ngilu had acted in line with the president's instruction that anyone criticised in the confidential report should move aside, regardless of rank. Kenyatta has promised to take personal charge of fighting corruption, seen as a major obstacle to business and law enforcement and as a deterrent to investment in Kenya. [field_txt_news_link]

Anti-corruption vs economic development

The link between China’s ongoing anti-corruption drive and the current economic slowdown have long been discussed by the public, with naysayers pointing out that the fight against graft has affected China’s economic development. [field_txt_news_link]

Fighting graft ‘needs global cooperation’

The only way to root out corruption is for countries to cooperate globally, an official from the Kingdom’s National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) said on Friday. Saudi Arabia is a signatory to several international conventions and treaties aimed at achieving this goal, said Osama Al-Rabiah, Nazaha’s deputy chairman. His comments come on the eve of the International Anti-Corruption Conference starting in Riyadh on Sunday. [field_txt_news_link]

Nigeria: Anti-Corruption - Our Case Against Jonathan, By Hon. Olamilekan, Chairman, Reps Committee On Public Accounts

Talking about my political sojourn, I ventured into it during the Hope 93 era when we had the election of Chief M.K.O Abiola. At that point, we believed that by now we would be having the Nigeria of our dreams because Nigerians were full of hope and that, with the coming on board of Abiola, we would be singing a new song. But man proposes, God approves. [field_txt_news_link]

Siemens Integrity Initiative aid for anti-graft project

The Siemens Integrity Initiative will provide funding worth $1.4 million over three years for a project to foster a corporate anti-corruption ecosystem in Egypt, in cooperation with a local partner organization, the Egyptian Junior Business Association. [field_txt_news_link]

Tackling Corruption in Afghanistan: It's Now or Never

In March, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah will make their first visit to the United States since assuming office under a power-sharing agreement reached in 2014. While the formation of a unity government settled months of political tension, the new coalition faces serious challenges. Of the many threats to Afghanistan’s long-term security and economic development, two stand out as especially persistent and grave. The foremost threat is the Taliban insurgency in the country’s South and East; the second most pressing issue is widespread corruption. [field_txt_news_link]

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