Mongolia was, until recently, an unlikely bright spot among post-communist countries transitioning to democracy. Its star dimmed dramatically last month as President Khaltmaa Battulga, a populist and a former professional wrestler, pushed through legislation, under the guise of combating corruption, that granted himself sweeping powers to dismiss any judges or anti-corruption officials. Battulga had been elected in 2017 on the strength of a populist message and public outrage over the “60 Billion Tugrik” corruption scandal, in which promises of high-level government positions were sold for campaign finance contributions. Now, Battulga is seizing upon corruption as a cudgel with which to batter Mongolia’s democratic institutions.
Mongolia is not alone. Across the world corruption is driving or being used to drive political transformations. Over the past five years, major political transitions in Malaysia, Armenia, The Gambia, the Maldives, and Ukraine have all hinged on the issue of corruption. The political prominence of corruption is growing, and so, too, must the global effort to combat it. This is why, in 2018, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) established the Anti-Corruption and Governance Center (ACGC) to tackle global corruption issues in innovative ways. Today, ACGC is re-branding the Corporate Compliance Trends (CCTrends) blog as the Business of Integrity blog to reflect the growing scope of CIPE’s anti-corruption work.
Five years ago, CIPE started the CCTrends blog to share experiences from its corporate compliance programming—CIPE’s primary anti-corruption programming at the time—around the world, and to advance international best practices. The blog brought new voices to compliance conversations, granted readers access to practical anti-corruption compliance tools, covered how the private sector took the initiative to combat corruption, and broke-down informational silos among global compliance experts and firms in emerging markets. The blog slowly expanded beyond corporate compliance trends and grew to cover broader anti-corruption issues. Thus, the decision to re-brand to the Business of Integrity, a somewhat playful name designed to capture both the private sector’s leading role in addressing corruption issues and the commercial dimension of addressing corruption risk.
ACGC’s Peter Glover is the new editor of the Business of Integrity blog. With help from engaged readers like you, Peter aims to curate blog community that will:
- Make new connections with anti-corruption practitioners;
- Continue to share experiences and lessons from CIPE’s anti-corruption programs;
- Highlight new, experimental anti-corruption work;
- Discuss the constructive role that the private sector can play in combating corruption;
- Amplify the voices of local anti-corruption practitioners, activists, and academics; and
- Delve into ACGC’s flagship efforts on Anti-Corruption Compliance for SMEs in Emerging Markets, Integrated Compliance, and Anti-Corruption Mobilization.
We hope that you continue the conversation with us on our twitter account, where we post about the latest global anti-corruption news. Also, listen to CIPE’s Democracy that Delivers podcast, which often features conversations about global trends with thought leaders, such as this recent podcast on the intersection of LGBTI+ rights and corruption. When it comes to the Business of Integrity blog, please don’t be shy about telling us what you think. The blog aims to serve a broad community of readers who share ACGC’s interests, curiosity and, above all, commitment to seeking out new, practical ways of reducing corruption.