Category: Young Journalists

Kidnapping Democracy in Digital Age

The session discussed the misuse of digital tools and social media with the goal of swaying public opinion and skewing elections. The panelists particularly focused on the recent scandal of Cambridge Analytica in the US presidential elections, and the suspicions of foreign influence in political campaigns around the World. The high-level dynamic panel was attended… Read more »

Could Technology Be an Enabler of Corruption?

The question as to whether technology enables perpetrators of corruption to cause more havoc, or whether it strengthens the arms of state actors, the media or crusaders who are fighting corruption, was addressed at the International Anti-Corruption Conference. “It depends on which context we are talking about,” said Mihály Fazekas, assistant professor and scientific director… Read more »

Why Governments That Ran on Anti-Corruption Promises Are Failing

New governments that have come to power around the world on the promise to fight corruption have fallen into old patterns of corruption, according to anti-corruption campaigners and experts. Panellists at the “Corruption and the Post Election Challenges” workshop held on Wednesday, during the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Denmark, opined that the reasons for… Read more »

IACC 2018 Concludes: What Are the Next Steps?

The International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) ended with a strong call to countries to renew their commitments to the fight against corruption. “Now is the time to act,” Martin Bille Hermann, Denmark’s state secretary for development policy, remarked at the closing ceremony. Hermann said that it is a time for countries to make tangible commitments of… Read more »

Confronting Tax Evasion and Other Illicit Financial Flows

Denmark’s minister of taxation, Karsten Lauritzen, told an audience at this year’s International Anti-Corruption Conference that he writes an annual letter to the country’s top 20 tax-paying corporations. “Thanks for contributing to Danish society,” it reads. He was speaking at a panel titled ‘Confronting Tax Evasion and Other Illicit Financial Flows – Time to Translate… Read more »

The Fight Against Corruption in Africa

The African Union declared 2018 the year of combating corruption in Africa. Chairperson of the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC), the Honorable Bégoto Miarom, revealed that 40 African countries have already signed the convention on anti-corruption. They are now collectively looking to implement strategies and share information that can be effective across the… Read more »

Using Data to Counter Corruption and Money Laundering

Following digital data is like following a “trail of blood that leads to the knife for the murder investigation,” said Karen Greenaway, a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent. Greenaway, who has more than 20 years of investigation experience, was speaking at the Using Data to Counter Corruption and Money Laundering workshop at the International… Read more »

Are Women Less Corrupt Than Men?

Despite the efforts of movements fighting for gender equality around the world, the presence of women as political leaders is still not significant. The decisive positions of power in governments and companies are still largely held by men. Therefore, it may be too early to demonstrate a link between female participation in political life and… Read more »

Reclaiming Civic Space

  The civic space for activists in the natural resources sector has seen a worrying trend of tighter restrictions and an increasing number of attacks, including attempts at undermining their credibility. “We have to use new mechanisms to impose ourselves in the defence of the interests of society,” said Joy Aceron, research affiliate and consultant… Read more »

Using Technology to Fight Land Corruption

One in five citizens are forced to pay bribes in exchange for access to land-related services, with figures rising up to 60 percent for women in rural Zimbabwe. That’s according to statistics shared at the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Apart from bribes there are also many incidents of sexual harassment that affect… Read more »

Golden Visas: Golden Ticket or Get Out of Jail Free Card?

How much does it cost to get a European passport, or residency rights that give you access to housing and banks in Paris, Rome, or Brussels? It can be as little as €350,000 in Portugal if you buy a house in the right neighbourhood or promise to create five jobs, according to Susana Coroado from… Read more »

Action Beyond the Talk: Afghanistan Jails Over 100 Officials, Retrieves $65 Million After London Anti-Corruption Summit

The panel moderator, Joe Powell, deputy chief executive officer of Open Government Partnership Support Unit, saved his first question for the audience. He asked: How many people have attended an anti-corruption conference and felt there were no concrete actions to address the commitments made? Only a handful of hands shot up. Powell was moderating a… Read more »

“Through Her Eyes” – Interview

In this episode of “Through Her Eyes”, journalist Andrea Arzaba speaks with former Guatemalan Court of Appeals Magistrate Claudia Escobar.

“Busting the Silos” #18IACC High-Level Session

“Busting the Silos” 18IACC High-Level Session from IACC Young Journalists on Vimeo. ”Busting the Silos: Combating Corruption with an Effective Alliance” The session discussed the effectiveness of the Union and the alliance of all the countries of the world to fight against corruption, and the measures that must be followed to achieve this, the High… Read more »

5 Takeaways: Fighting Corruption in Post-Truth America

Ever since the word post-truth was chosen as the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2016, it has gained currency in the context of the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum, the United States presidential elections, and the current political atmosphere in America. A panel of experts familiar with the political climate in America sat down… Read more »

Corruption Detrimental to Development

Businesses and individuals pay around US$1.5 trillion (around €1.3 trillion) worth of bribes each year, and the developing world loses huge sums of illicit financial flows that totaled more than $1 trillion (around €800 billion) in 2013. These are some of the figures highlighted during the “Anti-Corruption Contribution to Accelerate Progress on the 2030 Agenda… Read more »

Why Many People Don’t Trust Their Government?

In January 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake ravaged Haiti, killing more than 230,000 people and displacing another 1.5 million. When Kristalina Georgieva, chief executive officer of the World Bank, visited the island nation and asked how to efficiently bring aid, she was told: “Whatever you do, do not give money to the government.” Georgieva was shocked… Read more »

Digital Tools Help Fight Corruption

“Technology is neither good nor bad. It’s just a tool – a very powerful tool,” said Ulla Tørnæs, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, while speaking on the “Code to Integrity: Digital Avenues to Anti-Corruption” panel during the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Digital tools are currently being used across the world to help… Read more »