Transparency International (TI) is a leading non-governmental organization that has taken up the fight against corruption.
From FIFA and illicit finance to land corruption and clean contracting - Transparency International aims to free the world from the misuse of public power for private benefit, ending what it calls "the devastating impact of corruption on men, women and children around the world." Founded in 1993 and based in Berlin, the international network has chapters in more than 100 countries across the globe that fight the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals on a national level. Transparency uses advocacy campaigns to lobby governments to implement anti-corruption reforms. The organization also puts out an annual Corruption Perceptions Index and a Global Corruption Barometer.
It’s called the “Azerbaijani Laundromat”, a money laundering scheme which funnelled 2.5 billion euros through various European states, and which also allegedly paid off officials and journalists. The scheme came to light after a joint investigation by media organisations and human rights organisations. Casey Kelso, advocacy director for Transparency International, explains this ‘caviar diplomacy’.
Transparency International has voiced fears that a global rise of populism risks undermining the fight against corruption. The anti-graft watchdog has warned of a backslide in the United States under President Trump.
A report by the German office of Transparency International draws attention to potential conflicts of interest among German lawmakers. The organization called for more disclosure rules in the Bundestag.
A new anti-corruption bill would force suspected criminals to prove their source of wealth or risk having assets seized. The UK is keen to dispel accusations that London is a prime location for stashing illicit funds.
The good news is that more countries improved their scores in the latest corruption perception index. The bad news is that two-thirds of the 168 countries measured scored less than 50 on a 100-point scale.