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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

$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

Measuring Ill-Gotten Gains

In the world of international corruption, where deals are made off the books and behind closed doors, it can be difficult to figure out who is paying bribes and how much they are paying.… Continue Reading

Debarment Talk From The ADB

The Asian Development Bank debarred 34 individuals last year, and 31 firms. Debarment means they’re ineligible to participate in ADB-financed, administered, or supported activities.

The ADB also cross debarred 37 firms and 12 individuals under mutual debarment agreements with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank.… Continue Reading

Macmillan In £11 million U.K. Civil Settlement

Macmillan Publishers Limited, which last year acknowledged attempts to bribe World Bank employees to win book sales in Africa, will pay £11 million in a negotiated civil settlement announced today with the Serious Fraud Office.… Continue Reading

The Road To Corruption

By Richard E. Messick

A new World Bank study on corruption in the roads sector shows the challenges contractors and engineering firms working in developing countries face when trying to avoid being drawn into schemes that violate the Foreign Corruption Practices Act or the anti-corruption laws of other nations or both.… Continue Reading

Sorry For The Harm

The World Bank last week debarred a U.K subsidiary of Macmillan Publishers for six years (reviewable after three years) after the parent company self-reported to the bank corrupt payments to public officials in Sudan.… Continue Reading

The Press v. Corruption

In its landmark 2002 study, The right to tell: The role of mass media in economic development (here), the World Bank said a free press contributes to cleaner governments — and to better education, improved public health, lower infant mortality rates, and higher incomes.… Continue Reading

Spending Siemens’ Money

Last week the World Bank announced that Siemens will pay $100 million over the next 15 years to settle corruption charges involving a project in Russia. The money is supposed to go to anti-corruption groups, for compliance training and education programs, as well as helping governments recover assets stolen by crooked leaders.… Continue Reading

Liberia’s Graft-Busting Leader

We’ve never heard of an African head of state asking the U.S. to deny visas to individuals suspected of corruption. Until now, that is. It happened on Friday when Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (left), “pleaded with the Government of the United States of America not to give U.S.

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More Disclosure, Less Graft

CoST — the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative — has a simple aim: to disclose in real-time critical information about public-sector construction projects. Why? To prevent corruption, which can’t live in the sunshine.… Continue Reading