Category: IACC News

The Danish Fairytale Revisited

  A series of major corruption scandals is testing Denmark’s status as one of the world’s least corrupt countries. How did Denmark develop its law-abiding character, and what sort of sophisticated corruption thrives in Denmark? There was a time, not too long ago, that Denmark was officially recognised as the least corrupt country in the… Read more »

Kyrgyzstan: On the Path to Creating a Digital Society

  Kyrgyzstan is perhaps the only country in Central Asia where power is changing – its fifth elected president Sooronbay Jeenbekov is already in his second year in power. It is also the only country in the region that devotes a lot of attention to digitisation – convinced that it will prove to be a… Read more »

In Ghana, Technology Partners with Citizens and Media to Fight Corruption

    A group of activists, software developers, journalists and bloggers are gathered inside a room at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) headquarters in Accra for a hackathon. Their goal: to collaborate and generate ideas for a software project that will help in the fight against corruption. The hackathon was jointly organised by… Read more »

Despite Legal Frameworks, Corruption Still Thrives in Côte d’Ivoire

  Reinforcement of the legal framework, justice referral ordered by the High Authority for Good Governance, and investigations led by the State’s General Inspectorate (SGI) are just some of the many legal measures country’s can undertake to demonstrate a strong will to eradicate corruption. Despite these measures, the fight against corruption remains challenging in Côte… Read more »

Corruption Impeding on Human Rights in South Africa’s Mining Sector

  The South African criminal justice system took a giant leap in the right direction when, in November 2018, the North Gauteng High Court ruled in favour of the people of Xolobeni. Situated on the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape province, the Xolobeni community had been resisting mining activities on their titanium-rich land by… Read more »

Recent Corruption Crackdown in Ethiopia: What Can We Learn From It?

  A new era of democracy and optimism has emerged since the current Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, assumed power in April last year. The months following his appointment saw widespread reform packages on all major areas of governance including revising draconian legislation such as civil society and media proclamations. The new government pledged… Read more »

The Anti-Corruption Crusader That Cannot be Suppressed

In 2013, one of Ghana’s finest journalists resigned from his job. He also stopped working in the media industry altogether and took up a position as a public relations manager at the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA). Samuel Agyemang’s resignation was not planned. His passion for journalism was infectious. He loved what he did,… Read more »

Coming to Denmark – Revisiting the Myth About the Incorruptible Nordics

A series of recent major corruption scandals in Denmark is testing its status as one of the world’s least corrupt nations. IACC Young Journalist, Anne Sofie Hoffmann Schrøder, speaks with Steven Sampson, American professor of social anthropology about the sophisticated corruption thriving in Denmark and the Nordics.

Three Latin American Female Corruption Fighters You Should Know

Every day, across the Americas, corruption impacts ordinary citizens in a variety of ways. It is the bribe many agree to pay to avoid a fine, the “tax” some have to handover in order to be “protected” by organised crime, and in higher levels, it is the funds that benefit the elite’s own interests, be… Read more »

Corruption, an Endemic Disease Plaguing Equatorial Guinea

  Concerned about the gravity of the problems and threats posed by corruption in the world, the member states of the African Union (AU), to which Equatorial Guinea is a party, adopted the Convention on Prevention and Fight against Corruption in July 2003. This Convention obliges state parties to provide greater cooperation to prevent the… Read more »

How Corruption is Affecting Basic Education in Nigeria

  Corruption has filtered into almost every sphere of the Nigerian economy, including the education sector. This has contributed to the country’s education crises, where an increasing number of children are failing to go to school. According to the country’s Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) – a reform programme that was launched in 1999 to… Read more »

Corruption in Brazil’s Security System

On March 14, 2018, shortly before 7:00 pm, Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco, accompanied by her driver, Anderson Gomes, and an advisor (whose identity has been protected by the police), parked a car on a busy street in the famous neighbourhood of Lapa, Rio de Janeiro. For almost two hours, the human rights activist participated in… Read more »

Is the American Anti-Corruption Model Broken

The panel was framed as a question: “Is the American Anti-Corruption Model Broken?” but the moderator, Frank Vogl, an Advisory Council Member to Transparency International started by treating it as fact. The United States is in the middle of a “political crisis,” he said, using the murder of American resident, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi… Read more »

Activists in Colombia Face New Threats, Despite the FARC Peace Deal

  Afro-Colombian activist Marino Cordoba Berrio knows what it’s like to live with death threats. He was shot by paramilitaries and fled Colombia in the early 2000s after fighting for his community’s right to their land. He came back two years ago to a country supposedly at peace but still travels in an armoured car,… Read more »

Corruption Puts Environmental Defenders at Risk in Cambodia

“I’m always worried about being arrested,” said environmental defender Lim Kimsor, carrying a resilient smile. “But I’m not afraid. I’m worried that if they arrest me, who will do the work outside jail?” For the 30-year old Cambodian activist, an arrest is a very real possibility. Several of her colleagues have already been thrown in… Read more »

Weary of Watching Corruption Stifle Development, Young Nigerians are Using Technology to Fight Back

In the northwestern Nigerian state of Zamfara, the abundance of minerals such as gold, copper, iron ore and manganese has brought many people joy. State authorities hired a Chinese company to mine gold, and local villagers, who are largely subsistence farmers and artisanal miners, also started digging for the precious metal themselves, even though this… Read more »

Through Her Eyes: Sahra Mani – Interview

In this episode of “Through Her Eyes”, journalist Andrea Arzaba speaks with film maker Sahra Mani, director of the documentary A Thousand Girls Like Me.