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Research Article The Role of Private Actors and Facilitators in Corruption
Marta Erquicia shares the findings of research into what investigative journalism can tell us about corruption in Latin America. Marta is a Senior Regional Coordinator in the Americas Department of Transparency International
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Research Article x-conference/x-cooltalk ACRN Blog: Corruption in the Police
It is our pleasure to introduce to you a brand new feature of ACRN - the ACRN Blog. This space will be used by our contributing editors, invited experts and young scholars to present information about their own research, musings about exciting new topics, reflections from conferences, and more. In this blog post ACRN contributing editor Paul Lagunes presents some findings from his very interesting field study on police corruption in Mexico City and some thoughts on how this problem can be tackled. Your comments and feedback are most welcome!
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Research Article ACRN Blog: Audits and Anti-Corruption
In this blog post, ACRN Contributing Editor Paul Lagunes takes an in-depth look at auditing as a monitoring mechanism. He surveys the evidence thus far on the effectiveness of auditing as an anti-corruption tool and finds that while there is some data to suggest that audits can lead to the reduction of corruption, much more work is needed to understand the particular conditions under which audits are most effective.
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Research Article Blog: Cracking the Myth of Petty Bribery
In this thought-provoking paper Eduardo Bohorquez and Deniz Devrim take a closer look at the concept of “petty bribery”. Using concrete evidence from Mexico they demonstrate that the impact of this type of corruption is anything but “petty” – it deprives individual citizens of their right to basic services such as health, education or water and exacts huge (monetary and non-monetary) tolls on the development of communities. At the same time, the use of the term “petty” signals an unwillingness to acknowledge the significance of this problem by policy makers.
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Research Article A treasure trove of insights for anti-corruption work...
Dieter Zinnbauer, who works on emerging issues for TI, gives us a preview from the American Political Science Association's upcoming meetings in Chicago.
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DataSet World Development Indicators 2011
The primary World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially-recognized international sources, the World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank's flagship statistical publication and establishes the benchmark against which development progress is measured. This 15th edition of WDI in its current format, aims to provide relevant, high-quality, internationally comparable statistics about development and the quality of people’s lives around the globe. It focuses on the impact of the decision to make data freely available under an open license and with better online tools. The section introductions discuss key issues in measuring the economic and social phenomena described in the tables and charts and introduce new sources of data. It includes more than 900 indicators in more than 90 tables organized in 6 sections: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links. The data includes national, regional and global estimates.
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Research Article IGEPM: A Proposal for a Military Electronic-Governance Index
This paper proposed an index on whose basis citizens and media can evaluate the quality of electronic-governance applied to the Armed Forces. It can serve as a social control instrument to be assessed by the population and media and is based on their observations of content disposed in the military internet sites.
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Course Diplomatura de Especialización en Industrias Extractivas, Vigilancia y Desarrollo Sostenible (Catholic University of Peru)
The Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) offers an annual diploma course on extractive industries governance open to policy makers and accountability actors from Latin America and Equatorial Guinea.
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File Octet Stream Research Paper on how to use the Extractive Industries Technology Initiative to curb corruption in Colombia
This research paper by Tony Silvestri is a timely call to the government and citizens of Colombia, as well as the international anti-corruption and human rights communities, to take action now to reduce corruption in the Colombian extractive industries. Abstract: Extractive industries, which are defined here as any type of mining including oil and gas drilling, account for the majority of Colombia’s GDP and are widely recognized as major areas for corruption. If we are serious about fighting corruption in Colombia, we need to tackle the corruption in these industries. Promoting transparency has proven to be one of the most effective tools in the anti-corruption fight, and the most successful efforts have occurred when a country is able to promote transparency and freedom of information from within. Fortunately, the Colombian government has recently taken serious steps towards implementing the Extractive Industries Technology Initiative (“EITI”), which is geared towards improving transparency in transactions between government and extractive corporations. This means that we have a rare opportunity to encourage both transparency and accountability, which will help keep Colombia off of the long list of natural resource curse countries.
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File Pre-trial Detention Corruption in the Juvenile Justice System
This research paper by Douglas Keillor examines the role of the UNCAC in addressing the global issue of justice sector corruption and the pre-trial detention rights of children. The paper illustrates the important links between corruption and human rights, namely, the right to a justice and pretrial detention system with integrity and the fundamental human rights of children everywhere. Abstract Excessive detention of juveniles is a global problem. Children that encounter the justice system are more vulnerable to abuse, deprivation of basic procedural guarantees, physical and mental health effects and education and social developmental consequences. However, one of the underappreciated aspects of excessive detention is the impact that systemic corruption. Judicial sector corruption causes excessive detention, engrains practices that lead to longer detention and undermines efforts to reform the juvenile justice system. The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) is an important global tool in combating systemic governmental corruption. Without understanding the impact of corruption and fully implementing the UNCAC, human rights guarantees for juveniles in detention, such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) will continue to be difficult to fully implement. A preliminary step in understanding how to create effective reforms that address underlying corruption issues is to conduct in-depth research into excessive juvenile detention and the nexus with institutionalized corruption.
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