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[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: Changing physical settings of govt offices might influence corrupt behavior

"Corrupt transactions do not merely 'take place' – they take place in a place, a specific place at a specific time: At customs authorities and land registrars, at hospital wards, police road-stops, school headmaster offices, or the offices of social benefits agencies. The fact that most forms of corruption occur in physical locations may seem both obvious and unimportant, but in fact there may be some promising ways to modify the physical settings for government-citizen interactions that would make various kinds of corruption less likely to occur (or easier to detect and remedy)."

Read the post by Dieter Zinnbauer, in the Global Anticorruption Blog. http://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2015/10/08/guest-post-promoting-ambient-accountability-with-architecture-and-design/

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: Has the Internet cut corruption in the Philippines?

"Many Filipinos and Asians now are getting more vocal about their frustrations regarding government (inefficiencies, wastes, corruption, plunder, etc.), corporate monopolies and duopolies, politicians and/or political parties, and so on. One of the explanations is that people have more information and have increased access to the Internet and events happening in their country and abroad."

More from Bienvenido S. Oplas, Jr., in BusinessWorld. http://bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Opinion&title=has-the-internet-cut-corruption-in-the-philippines&id=117660

[ap-intact] PAPER: Asking What the People Want - Using Mobile Phone Surveys to Identify Citizen Priorities

By Benjamin Leo and Robert Morello

ABSTRACT

Using an experimental design, we assess the feasibility of interactive voice recognition (IVR) surveys for gauging citizens’ development priorities. Our project focuses on four low-income countries (Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe), which exhibit significant differences in mobile penetration rates and linguistic fractionalization. In this paper, we consider sensitivities of using a single mobile phone-based survey instrument to solicit citizens’ development priorities for a host of actors operating within the country. We analyze whether people’s stated priorities change based on the specified executing actor, timeframe, or question format. A separate Center for Global Development (CGD) working paper provides detailed analysis on a range of methodological issues, including: survey design, implementation, sample weighting, response incentives, and national representativeness.

We find that mobile phone-based approaches may be an ef…

Wall Street Journal - Corruption Currents: Honduran Newspaper Closes After U.S. Allegations (28 Oct 2015)

Wall Street Journal - Corruption Currents: Honduran Newspaper Closes After U.S. Allegations (28 Oct 2015). By Samuel Rubenfeld. http://blogs.wsj.com/riskandcompliance/2015/10/28/corruption-currents-honduran-newspaper-closes-after-u-s-allegations/

Transparency International - Daily Corruption News (29 Oct 2015)

29 October 2015 Today's top story Global: Arab states pose 'critical' risk of defence corruption
The Guardian (TI mention)
Arab states that buy billions of dollars worth of weapons are at high risk of corruption and pose a continuing threat to regional security and stability, according to a new report by watchdog Transparency International.

More news Global: FIFA chief blames Platini, England, U.S. for corruption probe
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Australia: Australia rejects Amnesty's bribery allegations as 'slur' on border police
Deutsche Welle
China: China indicts former senior provincial official for graft
Reuters
Italy: 'Rome can't fight crime': Anti-corruption chief
Agence France-Presse
Romania: Court rules that Bucharest mayor charged with bribery, will be placed under house arrest
Associated Press

Blogs and opinion Global: Por un Gobierno Abierto (For an open government)
El Universal (TI mention)
Egypt: Egyptians expose corruption by reporting brib…

Ethical Alliance Daily News (29 Oct 2015)

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[ap-intact] INFO: Sri Lanka anti-graft agency claims biggest catch yet

Sri Lanka's Bribery Commission apprehended three senior Custom officers while accepting a bribe of Rs. 125 million, reportedly the biggest detection in the country in terms of prevention of bribery and corruption.

More from Upul Kumarapperuma, in The Sunday Leader. http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2015/10/25/greed-over-grievance/

[ap-intact] INFO: Report alleges massive illegal logging in Laos

According to a story in The Straits Times, a leaked report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) alleges "near epic-scale illegal logging in Laos, with virtually no law enforcement".

More from Nirmal Ghosh, in The Straits Times. http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/report-reveals-plunder-of-lao-forests

[ap-intact] INFO: How big data will help us hold governments accountable

"In our post-Snowden age, a little paranoia about how our data are collected and used is natural. But what if we turned the tables, and big data became a way to hold governments accountable, instead?"

More from Gian Volpicelli, in Wired UK. http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-10/15/alex-pentland-wired-2015

[ap-intact] INFO: ‘Silence is too often the only safe option left’ – new UN report on sources and whistleblowers

Governments and international organizations are failing to ensure adequate protections to whistleblowers and sources of information, according to a new report by the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression.

More in UN News Centre. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=52339#.Vi7p-KRh0bE

[ap-intact] INFO: Iranian gov't backs public oversight of anti-corruption campaign

According to the Khabarfarsi news website, Iranian Minister of Justice Mostafa Pourmohammadi has said that the government supports public oversight of the fight against corruption.

More in Tehran Times. http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=250335

[ap-intact] JOB OPPORTUNITIES: UNDP Lao PDR; UNDP Afghanistan

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UNDP Lao - International Evaluator for Support Project for Implementation of Legal Sector Master Plan (SPLSMP)

Deadline for application: 30 Oct 2015.

UNDP Lao PDR invites applications from qualified consultants in order to perform the mid-term evaluation of the SPLSMP. This evaluation should assess relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the project. It should assess what works and does not work and why, highlight intended and unintended progres…

[ap-intact] COMMENTARY: Rooting out military corruption - Korea JoongAng Daily editorial

"The country’s arms procurement program has seen one flop after another, from warships to aircraft. The [Board of Audit and Inspection] must continue with its investigation into all defense purchases to root out corruption and irregularities in arms dealings once and for all."

Read the editorial by Korea JoongAng Daily. http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3010349&cloc=joongangdaily|home|online

[ap-intact] INFO: Australian company plotted with Iraq to take US$8m from UN humanitarian fund, court told

According to court testimony, Australia’s wheat exporter AWB allegedly colluded with Iraq under former leader Saddam Hussein to extract US$8-million from the United Nation’s oil-for-food program to pay off Iraqi debt.

Read more from Australian Associated Press, in The Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/oct/19/awb-plotted-iraq-take-un-humanitarian-fund-court-australia

Ethical Alliance Daily News (27 Oct 2015)

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