Category: Young Journalists

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… 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 »

“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 »

“We Need Action Now!”

More needs to be done across the globe to fight the scourge of corruption. This was the message reiterated during the opening ceremony of the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Speakers also highlighted the urgent need to move from promises to action in the fight against corruption. Welcoming participants at the biennial… Read more »

The Obstacles Young People Face in Fight Against Corruption — and How to Beat Them

“Corruption is an educationally transmitted disease.” Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba, leader of the Nigerian NGO the New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation, made the statement as he illustrated why young people need education to use their skills and knowledge to fight corruption. His comment was made during a workshop on youth’s role in the fight… Read more »

Anger and inequality: On the ground in Panama after the Mossack Fonseca leak

Visit the Panama Canal and you’ll witness exuberant nationalism. Every new arrival watches a short video showing the long struggle by the Panamanian people to gain control of their waterway: first from the French, and then the Americans – with much flag-waving and jubilance when they finally did. Not referenced is the drama lurking in… Read more »

The Next Step: Dirty Money

Back in 2012, at the IACC in Brazil our young journalist Ryan Hicks interviewed two men who know all about dirty money, secret companies, their connected to the international financial system, and how this murky web fuels international corruption. Fast forward to 2016 and the publication of the Panama Papers investigation in April has exposed the extent of this… Read more »

Corruption and Poaching: the Tusk at Hand

Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania are waging a war on poaching, but one of the greatest challenges to winning it is corruption among the people fighting it. Secretive criminal syndicates pay off police, judges and customs officials to keep their lucrative trade moving. The cartels operate on the basis of “take the money or the… Read more »