Bribery and money-laundering are top business risks

Risk mitigation company Kroll, with Compliance Week, has released the 2015 Anti-Bribery and Corruption Report. First launched in 2011, the survey seeks to give professionals in the compliance field a wide-ranging insight into anti-bribery and anti-corruption programmes. According to the report, chief compliance officers (CCOs) can expect to take away “a comprehensive view of the Read more >

African youth shine in My Corruption-Free Africa

Personal musings, facts and figures, fictional accounts – this is the scope of the diversity of entries in our first My Corruption-Free Africa competition. We had a great response to this initiative, and entrants hail from Kenya and Cameroon to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. My Corruption Free Africa is a blogging and photographic competition Read more >

CW joins global anti-corruption call to G20

An open letter published today, addressed to the G20 leaders in advance of the summit in Brisbane, Australia, calls for the world’s biggest economies to take concrete action to combat corruption by making the global financial system more transparent. The drafting of the letter has been driven by Transparency International. Twenty-four leaders of civil society Read more >

TI Integrity Award winners announced on Friday

Anti-corruption heroes come in all shapes and sizes, from all around the world, and from various walks of life. There is no stereotype – it could be your next-door neighbour, or it could be someone like Cardinal Christian Tumi of Cameroon, or Vietnamese schoolteacher Le Hien Duc. The latter two are previous laureates of Transparency Read more >

Pursuit of corruption has its inspiring moments

By David Lewis We at Corruption Watch are often asked whether we don’t find our job depressing. The question assumes that spending each day dealing with the seamier side of human conduct and confronting an insoluble problem must be a depressing experience. It’s not at all depressing. On the contrary, it is quite uplifting. First, while we Read more >

Gabriella Razzano: evangelist for openness

By Valencia Talane A transparent system of government that encourages access to information for its citizens as well as freedom of expression, while protecting those who question its decisions and motives, may be an unrealistic concept for many. For the team of activists at the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC), however, it is the proverbial Read more >

Good and bad of audit reports

  By Valencia Talane Depending on which way you look at it, the municipal audit report for the 2012/13 financial year offers either a positive or a miserable outlook for South Africa's local government landscape. The report was published last week by the auditor-general, Kimi Makwetu. As Pravin Gordhan, the minister in charge of local Read more >

Nicky Rehbock: our woman in Berlin

Valencia Talane Many young people from around the world gathered in Brazil in November 2012 for the Transparency International (TI) annual anti-corruption conference. One of those was Nicky Rehbock, who was the editor of the Corruption Watch website at the time. She was so moved by the work of the global organisation – and particularly Read more >

Gordhan questions the rules

Valencia Talane The one-size-fits-all approach to the governance standards of local government does not work and needs a rethink, according to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan. Gordhan, who was responding to the latest auditor-general report on municipalities on 30 July, said that the standard requirements for metro municipalities, for example, could not Read more >