India’s second wave of Covid-19 has been devastating over the past two months, with the Lancet stating, in no uncertain terms, that the Indian government’s mismanagement of the pandemic is costing lives. And as the disease continues to rage worldwide, in late May WHO Director-General Tedros reminded us that ‘no country should assume it is out of the woods,’ with a forecast that more people are expected to die in the next three weeks than last year’s total.
In December 2020, representatives from Zimbabwe’s National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm), the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care, (MoHCC), the Auditor General, civil society organisations (CSOs) and development partners held a virtual workshop to discuss the challenges of corruption at NatPharm and to identify ways to strengthen anti-corruption in the company.
Olivia Gumbo — an experienced social accountability expert, based in Zimbabwe, working with civil society organisations and governments to promote anti-corruption strategies and systems. She is a governance adviser at the UK FCDO Zimbabwe Mission.
NatPharm is a not-for profit company, responsible for procuring and distributing all…
In our previous blog, we saw that a legacy of corruption is one of the factors fuelling institutional mistrust and vaccine hesitancy in sub-Saharan Africa. The dwindling confidence in Covid-19 vaccines is reduced even further by the constant news of corruption and abuse in the pandemic response. Long-term solutions are necessary but ‘quick-fixes’ are urgently needed as well, to reverse this downward trend. Community strategies offer development actors a proven short-term approach for building trust in contexts where the government is perceived as corrupt, and people are increasingly hesitant to be vaccinated.
Vaccination is a formidable and cost-effective bulwark against ill-health, saving millions from measles, polio, mumps, and rubella. In the ongoing battle against Covid-19, the world has placed its hopes on an equitable rollout through the Gavi COVAX Advanced Market Commitment. However, the vaccine rollout across middle- and low-income countries has met with both new and familiar challenges. While vaccine hesitancy — the delay or refusal to accept vaccination — is as old as vaccines, the flow of information has never been greater — nor more distorted.
Quatorze après la première plainte de « Biens mal acquis », la France a aujourd’hui l’opportunité de se placer à l’avant-garde de la lutte contre la corruption internationale en faisant de son futur dispositif de restitution des avoirs illicites aux populations spoliées un modèle sur la scène internationale.
Ecrit par :
Sara Brimbeuf — responsable du plaidoyer Flux financiers illicites et Grande corruption à Transparency International France
Fourteen years after its first ‘ill-gotten gains’ case, France now has the opportunity to be a global leader in combating transnational corruption: its planned mechanism for the restitution of illicit assets to affected populations promises to become a model for others to follow.
Sara Brimbeuf—Head of advocacy for Illicit Financial Flows and Grand Corruption at Transparency International, France
In December 2007 a French court dismissed charges against a number of foreign leaders accused of sheltering their fortunes in France — fortunes amassed by embezzling money in their home countries. The following…
Whether anti-corruption efforts achieve ‘real impact’ is a fraught question. Past studies reveal limited evidence of effectiveness at the programmatic or project level. Where targeted anti-corruption projects have met with success, some practitioners have questioned the difference made to the bigger picture, especially in authoritarian contexts.
Moldova’s judicial system is increasingly well protected in law, but outdated structures and corrupt practices mean true independence for judges is a long way off.
Daniela Vidaicu — reform specialist in justice and the rule of law in the Republic of Moldova. Daniela has been involved with reform processes for over 10 years, as a member of civil society, as a public servant within the Ministry of Justice and as a programme manager at the Embassy of Sweden in Chisinau.
She completed the U4 online course Corruption in the justice sector in spring 2020.
In its recent Resolution…
The 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place on 15–26 March 2021. This year’s theme was ‘women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls’.
U4 took part in the session on Women and Corruption on Friday 19 March, where we discussed education sector corruption and its negative impact on girls’ education.
In the latest OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum, Mr Giovani Gallo — Chief of Section of the Corruption and Economic Crime Branch at UNODC — condemned the exclusion of anti-corruption measures in the first responses to Covid-19. Since day one of the outbreak, corruption has infiltrated Covid-19 responses around the world, undermining their effectiveness.
So far this year, reports have been emerging rapidly of Covid-related corruption and fraud, giving us a sense of the true cost of…
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