You arrive in a new city on a rainy day and check into your top floor hotel room, only to find the roof is leaking. When the receptionist comes to check, he looks up and says, “I don’t see what the problem is, madam. There is clearly more roof than holes on average.” This has […]
The FATF report on the USA: More roof than holes on average
Haiti: disaster prone and ill-equipped to fight corruption
When Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on 5 October, the fields where crops were grown were washed away; houses were flattened like cardboard boxes and hundreds of people were killed. The number of dead is now close to 1000 and cholera is once again a fatal danger on our shores. UNICEF says more than 600,000 […]
McDonnell walks. Reforms needed
The Justice Department on September 8 announced that it is dropping its corruption case against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Earlier this year, the US Supreme Court decided to throw out McDonnell’s conviction on the grounds that jurors had been provided an erroneous definition of “official act.” The Court’s unanimous decision […]
Let’s pick up the slow pace of change in Panama
The recent moves by the Panamanian government to clean up its image in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal may eventually lead to a more transparency and accountable financial sector. But only if the pressure is kept on the Panamanian government. The Panama Papers showed how one Panamanian law firm was able to set […]
U.S. response to the Panama Papers: A step in the right direction but more action is needed
The massive leak dubbed the Panama Papers has given the UK Anti-Corruption Summit on May 12 an unexpected boost. Those coming to the summit, now including the U.S., are lining up to make announcements about the steps they are taking to tackle corruption and specifically financial secrecy. On Thursday the Obama Administration announced a series […]
Reporting corruption in Honduras: use our app!
Corruption is a well-known blight on daily lives of Hondurans: from the fear that organized crime brings to daily life to the looting of public funds by corrupt officials or simply the demand for a bribe from a police officer about to give us a ticket. We all suffer in different ways, but that doesn’t […]
The Americas: How 2015 was a warning to the corrupt
En español View the 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index results We witnessed two remarkable trends in the Americas in 2015: the uncovering of grand corruption networks and the mass mobilisation of citizens against corruption. It’s no surprise that Brazil – which faced its largest-ever corruption scandal around Petrobras – is this year’s biggest index decliner in the Americas, yet […]
Las Américas: Cómo 2015 fue advertencia para los corruptos
Ver los resultados del Índice de Percepción de la Corrupción 2015 Hemos presenciado dos tendencias notables en América durante 2015: por un lado, el descubrimiento de redes de corrupción a gran escala y por otro la movilización masiva de ciudadanos contra la corrupción. No es sorprendente que Brasil —sumido en el mayor escándalo de corrupción […]
Haiti: trying to stay engaged amid corruption and poverty
It is hard to imagine that Haitians will actually go to polls on 27 December to vote in the second round of the presidential and municipal elections. There has been so much talk of electoral fraud, violence and intimidation from the first round in October, ordinary people just don’t know what to believe. On 17 […]
Football on trial
Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end the Germans always win, or so said Gary Lineker, the popular TV commentator and former England international. He was wrong. Football, in fact, is a system that benefits a small group of people by exploring the passion and […]
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