NEWS

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

Steering Senegal Towards Greater Transparency in Governance and Public Finance Management

Whistleblowing in Senegal has just gotten easier. In fact, there is even an app for it. Recently created by the National Anti-Corruption and Fraud Office (OFNAC), the mobile application is part of a series of innovative initiatives launched by the Senegalese government to promote the reporting of acts of corruption and increase investigations of fraud, bribery, and embezzlement. [field_txt_news_link]

Integrity in Afdb Projects - Afdb Debars and Fines China First Highway Engineering Co. Ltd.

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on December 15, 2014, announced the conclusion of a Negotiated Settlement Agreement with China First Highway Engineering Co. Ltd. (CFHEC). Ensuing from investigations conducted by the AfDB's Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (IACD), CFHEC admitted to fraudulent and collusive practices in tendering for an AfDB-financed contract in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [field_txt_news_link]

Tanzania: Attorney general resigns over graft accusations

(Reuters)Tanzania's attorney general resigned late on Tuesday, becoming the first political casualty in an energy corruption scandal in the east African country that has led Western donors to delay aid and weakened the currency. The resignation followed a vote in parliament late last month calling on the government to dismiss senior officials, including Attorney General Frederick Werema, for their role in an energy deal that lawmakers say was fraudulent. President Jakaya Kikwete has said he will respond later this week to parliament's resolution, which was binding. [field_txt_news_link]

41% of Egyptian corruption investigations incomplete: World Bank

In 19% of cases, civil servants caught accepting bribes were left uninvestigated, with another 41 % of investigations opened but not concluded, according to a World Bank statement issued Friday. The statement added that Egypt’s problem in fighting corruption is not the lack of regulations needed to crack down on corruption but that the country failed to enforce them, leaving civil servants rarely punished. [field_txt_news_link]

Prince William and President Kim: Hunt Down Corruption

The Duke of Cambridge and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim spoke to more than 300 anti-corruption officials assembled for the International Corruption Hunters Alliance meeting. Prince William announced the founding of a new task force to shut down illegal wildlife trade routes. The corruption hunters will also have sessions on illicit financial flows, transnational bribery, new financial investigative techniques, corruption prevention, and collective action with the private sector. [field_txt_news_link]

NACC expects 'milestone year' in fight against graft

National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) chairman Panthep Klanarongran yesterday stressed that every Thai citizen's determination and cooperation were essential in fighting graft and creating a corruption-free society. Such community action is necessary for the Kingdom's development and position in the international arena, he said. Panthep said prevention was as important as prosecution of corruption cases, as law enforcement alone was not enough to solve the problem.  [field_txt_news_link]

New Frontiers in Understanding and Addressing Corruption

When politicians steal public funds rather than spend public funds appropriately, schools go without books, patients go without medicine, merchants go without bridges and roads. The African Union estimates that one-quarter of Africa’s GDP is lost every year due to corruption – dramatically increasing levels of poverty in an already heartbreakingly poor region. In just the health sector, World Bank surveys show that in some countries up to 80 per cent of non-salary funds never reach local facilities. [field_txt_news_link]

Ghana's Mahama to fight ‘Institutionalized’ graft with new bills

Ghana is introducing “numerous”measures to reduce corruption while cabinet ministers will be urged to deal with civil servants guilty of embezzlement, President John Dramani Mahama said.  Ghana’s parliament is considering bills that improve the right of information, support whistleblowers and handle conflicts of interest, Mahama said in a speech today in the capital, Accra. Corruption has become “institutionalized,” he said.  “We must, as a nation, start talking honestly about corruption,” Mahama said. [field_txt_news_link]

IACC News: International Anti-Corruption Day 2014

Latest news from the International Anti-Corruption Conference. [field_txt_news_link]

Malawi president, deputy defer huge pay rise

Malawian President Peter Mutharika and his deputy have deferred a controversial pay rise for themselves, a top government official said Sunday. The 80-percent increase for the president had drawn criticism in the impoverished southern African nation whose economy has struggled. Prior to Mutharika taking office, Western donors had suspended aid worth $150 million because of concerns over graft. [field_txt_news_link]

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