Prime Minister Petr Necas of the Czech Republic announced Monday he’ll resign after being engulfed in a corruption and abuse-of-power scandal.… Continue Reading
A state government in South Africa contracted with a largely unknown company for development of a website that will cost taxpayers a whopping $9.9 million over three years.
In any country, paying for travel for government officials, customers at state-owned enterprises, or customers at purely private enterprises can present corruption risks. Many worthy publications have addressed travel risks generally and how to minimize those risks, including establishing a true business purpose for the trip, ensuring transparency with the recipient’s organization, pre-approving a detailed itinerary to ensure that sightseeing/leisure does not predominate, paying expenses directly to vendors where possible, avoiding unnecessary stopovers or family members or friends accompanying, etc.… Continue Reading
As the G8 leaders meet in Northern Ireland today and tomorrow, it is important that they make strides on two key anti-corruption issues: (1) Ensuring public officials and their relatives cannot cloak their identities and the source of their corrupt funds by using anonymous corporations and (2) Ensuring that extractive wealth fuels development rather than corruption and poor governance.… Continue Reading