Tag: anticorruption

Kazakhstan, Central Asia’s largest and most prosperous country, has a closing political space. Nursultan Nazarbayev, the country’s leader since 1989, wins elections by Soviet-style margins – 97.7 percent in April 2015. Opposition journalists and politicians routinely face harassment, arrest, and imprisonment. Once-ignored internet activists are getting prison sentences for “inciting ethnic hatred” as Kazakhstan’s authorities… Read More

How do you convince skeptical anti-corruption activists that business can be part of the solution? How do you better coordinate anti-corruption efforts between governments, aid organizations, development banks, and the private sector? How do you establish a useful set of indicators for measuring the impact of programs seeking to reduce corrupt practices? These challenges were… Read More

Did you know that public procurement — goods and services bought by governments — accounts for around one-fifth of global GDP? Or that in most high-income economies public procurement takes up a third of total public spending, and in developing countries even more – about half? These figures represent a significant share of national wealth…. Read More

This article originally appeared on the Russian International Affairs Council blog. By Patricia E. Dowden and Philip M. Nichols What standards should businesses observe in their own countries, or abroad? Businesses now have resources and influence that rival or surpass those of governments and certainly of ordinary people.[1] The choices businesses make can profoundly influence… Read More

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index ranks Kenya in a distant 136th place. That low ranking confirms the sentiment often encountered in Nairobi: corruption is widespread in many aspects of life, from bribing a policeman to avoid charges for alleged traffic violations to graft at the highest levels of government, as poignantly described by a British… Read More

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