We have seen a significant drop in standards at the highest levels of government, creating a perception that things that are fast and loose.
Tundu Lissu reacts to supporters as he returns home after three years in exile.
A united opposition could create enough momentum to unseat incumbent John Magufuli from power.
President Benjamin Mkapa at the end of his tenure in December 2005.
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Mkapa’s presidency is particularly significant since it represents the first phase of Tanzanian multi-party democracy.
The poor resourcing of media houses in Ghana has contributed to political corruption
Commuters waiting at a bus stop in Lagos
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Some anti-corruption messages can encourage apathy and acceptance rather than inspire activism
Pertamina tankers at Kertosono train station.
The new SOE Minister is trying to put ethical leaders into SOEs, but finding leaders that have a clean record and free from controversy is not easy.
Rosewood, the name for several endangered tree species that make beautiful furniture, being loaded in Madagascar.
For decades nations have worked to curb international sales of endangered plants and animals. But in countries like China, with high demand and speculative investors, that strategy fuels bidding wars.
Freight micro-entrepreneur in Lagos, Nigeria.
Countries in Africa have some of the highest rates of entrepreneurship in the world, yet their contribution to the economy is limited. Technology such as the blockchain, drones and AI could provide a way forward.
The higher the risk, the less likely that young, educated Ghanaians will get involved in corruption.
Corruption includes both what people do and what they fail to do. The critical issue is a person’s motive.
Alejandro Giammattei is a former prison official whose tenure was tainted by the 2006 mass killing of seven prisoners. He was accused but never indicted on conspiracy charges in those deaths.
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Conservative Alejandro Giammattei beat former first lady Sandra Torres with 60% of the vote. But turnout was the lowest in Guatemala's modern history, in apparent protest of both candidates.
Sandra Torres, presidential candidate for the National Unity of Hope, won the first round of presidential election in Guatemala with 25% of the vote, followed by former national prison director Alejandro Giammatei. The two will face-off in the second round of voting in August.
For their next president, Guatemalans must choose between two veteran politicians with shady pasts and alleged ties to organized crime.
Nigerian citizens have turned to social media to keep tabs on infrastructure projects.
Tackling corruption is notoriously difficult but Nigeria is pursuing a fresh approach. Using technology, especially social media, its citizens are producing evidence to hold officials to account.
For individuals engaged in corruption, the luxury sector is an attractive vessel to launder illicit funds.
Data from 32 high-income and emerging economies show a strong correlation between luxury item expenditure and societal corruption.
The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2015. In the 2018 Transparency International report, Venezuela ranks 168 and Russia ranks 138. The least-corrupt country in the world is Denmark, followed by strong democracies such as New Zealand, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland.
The rankings in Transparency International's 2018 index shows that highly democratic countries tend to have low levels of corruption. Is there something inherent in corruption that can kill democracy?
Guatemalans overwhelmingly support the United Nations-backed corruption investigation known as CICIG. President Jimmy Morales is trying to ban prosecutors from the country.
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Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales is defying a constitutional court order to release a UN-backed prosecutor his government arrested and allow his corruption investigation to continue.
Independent MP Cathy McGowan recently introduced a private member’s bill for the introduction of a national integrity commission, adding to pressure on the government.
The proposed integrity commission is an improvement on the patchwork of mechanisms in place now, but does not go nearly far enough to prevent and investigate corruption.
Morrison said the government.
had been working on the issue since January.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten slammed the proposed body was “not a
fair dinkum anti-corruption commission”. It would be limited in scope
and power and had no transparency.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Derryn Hinch on a national ICAC and the Victorian election.
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The government is more likely to beef up existing institutions but Derryn Hinch, who has been a strong advocate for a national ICAC, says "that would be wrong."
Many questions about the new policy on whistleblowers have yet to be answered.
The lack of clear reward mechanisms and the small amount of the incentive are among the reasons this regulation may not be effective.
Corruption is as old as human history.
Corruption can never be eliminated. Whether we like it or not, it has always been part of human nature and will continue to infect society.