Facebook Can Be an Effective Tool in Fighting Government Corruption

Social media serves as peer of the press, claims a new study

The more Facebook penetrates public usage, the higher the likelihood of government corruption meeting protest, say researchers.

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http://www.hindustantimes.com/more-lifestyle/facebook-can-be-an-effective-tool-in-fighting-government-corruption/story-NEOGUbhfbcBhEvOhy1XhJM.html


Corruption Takes Time to Eradicate: DG, State Counsellor’s Office

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The challenge for Myanmar to be free from corruption is that it takes time, according to Director General of the Ministry of State Counsellor’s Office, U Zaw Htay.

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http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/nay-pyi-taw/25795-corruption-takes-time-to-eradicate-dg-state-counsellor-s-office.html


China’s Aircraft Carrier Impresses, but PLA Corruption is a Bigger Battle

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier is seen during its launching ceremony in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, April 26, 2017

Beijing’s unveiling of its first domestically built carrier, Shandong, shows it is on track to dominate the seas in Asia. But history shows hardware is not enough if the military is corrupt.

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http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2091102/chinas-aircraft-carrier-impresses-pla-corruption-bigger-battle


Exposing Procurement Corruption: Ten Questions to Ask

No government activity is more susceptible to corruption than public procurement. The process by which government decides what to buy and from whom is lengthy, technically complex, and riddled with decision points that give procurement officers enormous discretion.  Oversight is thus especially difficult.  Moreover, because so much money is involved, the temptations procurement offers corrupt public servants and their private sector accomplices are particularly great.  Some developed countries spend as much as one-third of their budget on the purchase of public works, goods, and services, and the available data suggests the figure may even be higher in developing countries.

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https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2017/04/12/exposing-procurement-corruption-eight-questions-to-ask/


Fighting Corruption in Vietnam Requires Institutional Reform

The first half of 2016 saw Vietnam’s fight against corruption gain new momentum. Having consolidated his power after being re-elected as Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), Nguyen Phu Trong issued resolutions and directives aimed at tightening party members’ ethical conduct.

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http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/19/fighting-corruption-in-vietnam-requires-institutional-reform/


Massive Demand for University Degrees in Malaysia Opens Door to Bribery, Corruption

KUALA LUMPUR: The massive demand for university degrees makes education vulnerable to bribery and corruption, said University Malaya’s Seventh Residential College president Syahirah Huda Abd Rahman.

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https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/232750/massive-demand-university-degrees-malaysia-opens-door-bribery-corruption


India Among Worst in Corporate Fraud, Shows Survey

India has one of the highest percentages of companies where fraud, in particular corruption and bribery, was detected, according to a new survey of large local and multinational companies across industries worldwide.

Conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by New York-based risk consultancy firm Kroll Inc., the survey asked around 770 senior executives if they had discovered any fraud in their companies in 2014.

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http://www.businesstoday.in/current/corporate/india-among-worst-in-corporate-fraud-bribery-corruption-shows-survey/story/226408.html


India Ranks 9th Among 41 Countries in Corruption in Businesses: Survey

MUMBAI: India ranks ninth among 41 countries in bribery and corrupt practices in businesses, according to the findings of a recent survey.

Nearly 78 per cent respondents queried in the country said that bribery and corrupt practices happen widely in businesses here, as per the EY Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Fraud Survey 2017.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-ranks-9th-among-41-countries-in-corruption-in-businesses-survey/articleshow/58046734.cms


Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: Opportunities for Corruption

Recent years have seen a significant rise in large-scale land acquisitions by foreign investors, generally for agricultural or extractive purposes. Many of these land deals, termed “land grabs,” have had injurious effects on local populations who are often pushed off of their land without their informed consent. (For a description of contemporary land grabs and a land grab bibliography, see here.) Foreign companies and governments secure the majority of these land deals in poorer countries, where large tracts of land can be purchased cheaply, and where many of the local inhabitants do not have the means to contest the deals through the legal system. The land is frequently used for agriculture or production of “flex crops” (such as soy or palm oil), which are then sold abroad, rather than to the host country. Therefore, land grabs can result in not only the displacement of local communities, but also the reallocation of these vital resources to external actors, rather than to the inhabitants of the host country.

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https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2017/01/20/large-scale-land-acquisitions-opportunities-for-corruption/

 


Building a Cadre of Procurement Professionals

Government purchases of goods, services, and public works constitute anywhere from 15 percent to as much as 40 percent of total public spending, and thus any government committed to fighting corruption should make procurement a priority. Corruption sneaks into public procurement in many ways in the long and often complex chain of events in the process: from identifying a need to designing the specifications for meeting the need to the award of a contract and the delivery of the final product.  While stepping up procurement audits and investigations can weed procurement out of corruption, far better is to keep it from infecting the process in the first place.

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https://globalanticorruptionblog.com/2017/01/25/building-a-cadre-of-procurement-professionals/