Business of Integrity Blog

Beneficial ownership transparency is a vital element of any effective corporate compliance program. It is also a powerful check against corruption in society generally. These two facts are sometimes misunderstood or obscured, especially in highly corrupt countries where economic and political elites don’t welcome transparency. A new report from the Center for International Private Enterprise,… Read More

In its mission to promote anti-corruption in emerging markets around the world, the CIPE Anti-Corruption & Governance Center produced this blog to provide a short history of beneficial ownership transparency and introduce the under-discussed business angle of this rapidly evolving work.  Unmasking the true owners of companies, assets, and organizations used to conduct illicit activities… Read More

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) pioneered its first rapid response anti-corruption program in The Gambia following the unexpected 2016 defeat of 22-year autocrat Yahya Jammeh to political newcomer and real estate mogul Adama Barrow. As optimism was running high in the small West African country in support of new President Barrow’s promises of… Read More

The COVID-19 pandemic was accompanied by a global surge in corruption, and Malaysia was no exception. The Southeast Asian country saw a rapid increase in emergency public funding, reduced oversight of government operations, and restrictions on civil liberties that led to a “perfect storm” for public misconduct. These adverse effects have been compounded by an… Read More

In the global fight against corruption, our intuition is often right. We expect countries with faltering governments, fragile institutions, and low per capita incomes to struggle to keep money from going where it shouldn’t—and generally speaking, they do. Likewise, many examples of wealthy countries with strong rule of law and government integrity institutions lead us… Read More

Staring at the dilapidated one-room building, Philip Duah knew that Project 12 was a sham. “The municipal assembly said the project – a new high school building – was at 90% status and ongoing,” said Duah, the Director of ABAK Foundation, a small non-profit that runs a primary school for low-income children and serves as… Read More

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