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Harry Cassin
Publisher and Editor

Andy Spalding
Senior Editor

Jessica Tillipman
Senior Editor

Bill Steinman
Senior Editor

Richard L. Cassin
Editor at Large

Elizabeth K. Spahn
Editor Emeritus

Cody Worthington
Contributing Editor

Julie DiMauro
Contributing Editor

Thomas Fox
Contributing Editor

Marc Alain Bohn
Contributing Editor

Bill Waite
Contributing Editor

Shruti J. Shah
Contributing Editor

Russell A. Stamets
Contributing Editor

Richard Bistrong
Contributing Editor

Eric Carlson
Contributing Editor

We need an amnesty for financial crimes

Financial crime in its various manifestations is the principal reason many societies around the world remain impoverished and subjected to the most dehumanizing conditions. It seems therefore befitting that those found guilty of financial crimes such as the theft of public resources face the most stringent penal sanctions.… Continue Reading

‘Resource curse’ still haunts Uganda, Kenya

Since discovering oil in 2009, Uganda has not pumped a single barrel and the resource remains unexploited. An historic opportunity has so far been stymied by bureaucracy, law suits, corruption, hostilities with neighbors taking on a military hue, as well as the lack of adequate infrastructure to move the oil to market.… Continue Reading

Do anti-corruption agencies promote graft?

In July, I had an interesting conversation with Prof. Alan Doig in Vienna relating to the fight against corruption in my own country, Kenya.

He asked me how Kenya was fighting its infamous corruption and impunity.… Continue Reading

Balanced enforcement deters bribery

Enforcement is a greater deterrent, in my opinion, if directed at both corporations and individuals.

Here’s why.

While corporations are legal persons, they are typically incorporeal. They rely on natural persons (employees, agents or officers) to act on their behalf.… Continue Reading

$4 Billion Lost To Corruption In Southern Sudan

Graphic courtesy of WikipediaAfrica’s youngest nation, the Republic of Southern Sudan, has lost more than $4 billion due to public sector corruption.

The country’s first and current president, Salva Kiir, sent a letter to 75  current and former government officials, accusing them of embezzling the money from state coffers.Continue Reading

In Algeria, China Telecoms Execs Sentenced For Bribery

Three Chinese executives were found guilty of bribery in Algeria and sentenced last week to ten years in prison in absentia.

According to a report on the French language news site Le Soir D’Algerie, ZTE’s Dong Tao and Chen Zhibo and Huawei’s Xiao Chuhfa were accused of paying bribes amounting to $10 million to a senior official working at state-owned  Algérie Télécom, through offshore accounts in Luxembourg.… Continue Reading

The Africa Aid Circus

I am one of those Africans who strongly believe that aid achieves very little of its intended objectives and fuels, among others, dependency and corruption. Dependency, of course, is a bad thing as it demotivates governments from developing local capacity.… Continue Reading