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Indonesia’s 700 strong anti-corruption team wins recognition

Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has received the 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Award (known as Asia’s Nobel Prize) for its amazing strides against graft.

Here’s part of what the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation said about the KPK:

Indonesia is embarked on one of the world’s most admired campaigns against corruption. . . . [The KPK’s] accomplishments have been impressive. From 2003 to 2012, KPK has handled 332 high-profile cases involving top government officials; of these, 169 cases have been processed in court, and the KPK has chalked up an amazing one-hundred percent conviction rate.

The trustees said the award to the KPK “recognizes its fiercely independent and successful campaign against corruption in Indonesia, combining the uncompromising prosecution of erring powerful officials with farsighted reforms in governance systems, and the educative promotion of vigilance, honesty and active citizenship among all Indonesians.”

The KPK also publishes one of the most transparent annual reports of any anti-graft agency in the world. The 135-page report gives a flavor of how the KPK has achieved its amazing enforcement results. And it covers efforts to educate the public on the negative impact of corruption on society, and the strengthening of whistleblower systems and rewards.

The KPK’s latest annual report is available in English in pdf here.

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At ethiXbase, we’re proud to work with the KPK. The agency has strengthened its intelligence and information gathering with over a dozen senior administrators and investigators now licensed with the ethiXbase GRC Database, the world’s largest specialized anti-bribery database.

The GRC Database provides access to global anti-corruption legislation, gift-giving rules, and breaking investigations and enforcement actions worldwide –some 43,000 cases at last count.

Congratulations to the KPK for its much-deserved recognition on winning the 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Award.


Scott Graham is the CEO of ethiXbase Pte Ltd, the owner of the FCPA Blog. He can be contacted here.

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  1. A well-deserved award for a courageous institution and its members: and it shows what can be done when ordinary citizens publicly support a good institution, and when elected officials allow it to do its job unhindered. My congratulations.

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