Transparency International UK http://www.transparency.org.uk/ Mon, 21 Apr 2014 04:40:53 GMT FeedCreator 1.8.0-dev (info@mypapit.net) Fighting corruption in defence & security http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/9-event/900-fighting-corruption-in-defence-a-security
When:
Monday, 23rd June 2014, 18:00-2030
Where:
Norton Rose Fulbright, 3 More London Riverside, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2AQ Norton Rose Fulbright, 3 More London Riverside, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2AQ

Details

With huge contracts and high secrecy, the defence and security sectors have a high risk of corruption. Protecting national security is often used as an excuse to hide information that should be available to the public.

Everyone pays the cost of corruption. Money wasted on defence corruption could improve education or healthcare, or be used to provide soldiers and police officers with the equipment they actually need. Corruption in defence and security destroys trust in the government and puts soldiers’ lives at risk.

Ten years ago Transparency International UK set up its Defence and Security Programme. Programme Director, Mark Pyman, will speak about progress made in the last ten years and what remains to be done.
 

Timings
18.00 Registration
18.30 Mark Pyman 'FIghting Corruption in the Defence Sector'
19.10 Question and Answer session
19.45 Drinks reception
20.30 Close
 

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Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:01:14 GMT http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/9-event/900-fighting-corruption-in-defence-a-security
TI-UK Newsletter February 2014 http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/10-publications/899-ti-uk-newsletter-february-2014
TI-UK Newsletter February 2014

Transparency International UK

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:22:04 GMT http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/10-publications/899-ti-uk-newsletter-february-2014
Briefing: Corrupt capital from Ukraine and Russia http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/10-publications/898-briefing-corrupt-capital-from-ukraine-and-russia
Briefing: Corrupt capital from Ukraine and Russia

Transparency International UK

There has been a stream of allegations from sources in Ukraine that corrupt officials and business people have laundered their funds through European countries including the UK.

Ahead of the question for short debate on the Government’s assessment of the political situation in Ukraine this Thursday, TI-UK's briefing outlines why the current levels of asset recovery in the UK are insignificant compared to the scale of the problem.

Download now: Briefing Note - Corrupt capital from Ukraine and Russia

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Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:02:50 GMT http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/10-publications/898-briefing-corrupt-capital-from-ukraine-and-russia
Open Governance Pilot Scorecard: UK Results http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/10-publications/897-open-governance-pilot-scorecard-uk-results
Open Governance Pilot Scorecard: UK Results

Transparency International is piloting a scorecard methodology for open government which assesses the UK against a range of indicators across transparency, accountability, participation and tools. Further information on the pilot is available here.

The pilot project report, which includes the UK results, is available to download below. The full data set can also be downloaded here.

Download now: Open Governance Pilot Scorecard - UK Results

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Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:38:21 GMT http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/10-publications/897-open-governance-pilot-scorecard-uk-results
Open Governance Scorecard - UK Results http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/10-publications/896-open-governance-scorecard-uk-results
Open Governance Scorecard - UK Results

Lucas Amin, Nick Maxwell

This pilot Open Governance Scorecard was developed between January and March 2014, by Transparency International Secretariat’s Public Sector Integrity Programme in collaboration with its Research Department, TI national chapters and external experts. This is the first pilot implementation of the scorecard, which will be subsequently revised in consultation with experts and other stakeholders.

Comments are welcome on both the indicators and the results. 

Full details of the project, including how to submit comments, can be found here

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Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:54:52 GMT http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/10-publications/896-open-governance-scorecard-uk-results
Open Governance Scorecard – UK Pilot Project http://www.transparency.org.uk/our-work/corruption-in-the-uk/open-governance

Open governance is a concept that moves beyond the traditional notion of government and describes the relationships between leaders, public institutions and citizens, their interaction and decision-making processes. Open governance is comprised of three main elements rights, institutions and policies, and tools.

Open governance should be formed from these three elements in place in order to achieve a genuine and constructive interaction between government and citizens. 

About the Pilot Open Governance Scorecard

This pilot Open Governance Scorecard was developed between January and March 2014, by Transparency International Secretariat’s (TI-S) Public Sector Integrity Programme in collaboration with its Research Department, TI national chapters and external experts. This is the first pilot implementation of the scorecard, which will be subsequently revised in consultation with experts and other stakeholders. Comments are welcome on both the indicators and the results. Further details on how to comment are included at the end of this document.
The results of the scorecard should:

  • identify gaps in a country’s legal framework hindering transparency, accountability and participation;
  • help national TI chapters and other civil society organisations shape and strengthen their advocacy activities aimed at governments
  • give national chapters and other civil society organisations a tool to track progress in promoting open governance in each country in the medium and long term.

To date, five Transparency International national chapters from Africa, Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia have piloted the scorecard. These pilots took place between February and March 2014.

Methodology

The Open Governance

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]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.transparency.org.uk/our-work/corruption-in-the-uk/open-governance/methodology Global corruption’s hidden players – & what you can do to find them http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/6-news-item/893-global-corruptions-hidden-players--a-what-you-can-do-to-find-them
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By Alice McCool on 31 December 1969 in

“It’s easy to think that corruption happens somewhere over there, carried out by a bunch of greedy despots. The reality is that the engine of corruption exists far beyond the shores of countries like Equatorial Guinea or Nigeria or Turkmenistan. This engine is driven by our international banking system, by the problem of anonymous shell companies, by the secrecy that we have afforded big oil, gas and mining operations and, most of all, by the failure of our politicians to back up their rhetoric.”Charmian Gooch of Global Witness, TED Prize winner 2014.

Last week, our friends at Global Witness announced that their director Charmian Gooch will use their million-dollar TED award to make it impossible for criminals and corrupt dictators to hide behind anonymous companies. Public registers of beneficial ownership would allow ill-gotten gains to be more easily traced and make it more difficult (and less attractive) for people to benefit from the proceeds of corruption and crime.

Charmian has brought to the fore a critical issue, which further illustrates that countries like the UK are complicit in global corruption – a point which has also received significant attention in wake of the sanctions on Ukrainian and Russian

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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/12-blog/892-global-corruptions-hidden-players-and-what-you-can-do-to-find-them
UK MOD must step up fight against corruption in defence http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/13-press-release/890-uk-mod-must-step-up-fight-against-corruption-in-defence

About Alice McCool

Alice is TI-UK's Communications Officer. She is responsible TI-UK’s media and public relations, publications and digital communications. Tweet her @McCoolingtons

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Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:42:09 GMT http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/10-publications/889-building-integrity-in-uk-defence
Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Programme http://www.transparency.org.uk/our-work/pharmaceutical-a-healthcare-programme

Image: Brandon Giesbrecht

Why is Transparency International researching corruption in the pharmaceuticals healthcare sector?
The Pharmaceuticals Healthcare sector is regularly cited as a high-risk sector for corruption.   Out of a global survey of over 114,000 people in 2013, on average, 45% believed medical and health services to be corrupt or extremely corrupt (TI Global Corruption Barometer 2013).

Corruption in any sector is damaging to society and the economy.  In the Pharmaceuticals Healthcare sector it puts health and life at risk.

The scale of the problem:

  • In 2012, according to the WHO Global Health Expenditure Database, global spending on health was $7.2 trillion.   In a survey of a few years earlier, an estimated 10% 25% of global spending on health public procurement was lost to corruption (Global Corruption report, TI, 2006).
  • A further loss of 3.29% 10% of health care funds may be lost through fraud, with an average percentage range loss of 5.59% (Brooks, Button Gee, 2012).
  • In 17 countries surveyed in 2013, over 70% of the public believed medical and health services to be corrupt or extremely corrupt these are Serbia; Albania; Tanzania; Bulgaria; Kyrgyzstan; Morocco; Ukraine; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Russia; Egypt; Greece; Lithuania; Mongolia; Kosovo; Malawi; Moldova; Mozambique (TI Global Corruption Barometer 2013).

What can TI do? 
Building on twenty years of experience in this and other sectors, Transparency International UK is taking up the challenge

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Annual General Meeting Minutes 2013

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Annual General Meeting Minutes 2012 http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/10-publications/883-annual-general-meeting-minutes-2012
Annual General Meeting Minutes 2012

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Annual General Meeting Minutes 2011 http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/10-publications/882-annual-general-meeting-minutes-2011
Annual General Meeting Minutes 2011

Transparency International UK

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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:49:13 GMT http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/10-publications/882-annual-general-meeting-minutes-2011
UK Government - Let’s not forget Venezuela http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/12-blog/886-uk-government-lets-not-forget-venezuela

By Alice McCool on 31 December 1969 in

Image: Márcio Cabral de Moura

Since the situation in Ukraine turned from protests, to revolution, to diplomatic crisis, we’ve been bombarded with analysis in the media and responses from an array of world leaders and rightly so. The events have exposed both the endemic corruption and disregard for human rights of the Yanukovych regime, and the Ukrainian people’s stance against this injustice has left hundreds dead and seriously injured. The UK Government has reacted in a timely and robust manner, including responding to our risk alert by taking steps towards freezing the corrupt assets of Ukrainian officials in the UK – which are lining the pockets of our financial institutions, law and accountancy firms, and luxury estate agents.

But the crisis which has been simultaneously unfolding in Venezuela has not received the same level of attention. When protests against high levels of crime, economic instability and corruption broke out in Venezuela last month, the country's Government (as in Ukraine) responded – and continues to respond with disproportionately repressive measures. On top of dozens of

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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/12-blog/886-uk-government-lets-not-forget-venezuela
Ukraine Crisis: UK ups game on corrupt assets http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/6-news-item/881-ukraine-crisis-uk-ups-game-on-corrupt-assets

About Alice McCool

Alice is TI-UK's Communications Officer. She is responsible TI-UK’s media and public relations, publications and digital communications. Tweet her @McCoolingtons

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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:40:10 GMT http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/6-news-item/881-ukraine-crisis-uk-ups-game-on-corrupt-assets
Chancellor letter to TI-UK on Ukrainian assets in London http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/10-publications/879-chancellor-letter-to-ti-uk-on-ukrainian-assets-in-london
Chancellor letter to TI-UK on Ukrainian assets in London

Rt Hon George Osborne MP

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has responded to Transparency International UK's risk alert on corrupt assets from Ukraine which may be laundered into or through the UK. The alert was targeted at the UK government and Money Laundering Reporting Officers in financial institutions, law and accountancy firms and luxury estate agents in the UK.

The Chancellor responded in a letter, available to download below, outlining how the UK Government will take action to recover misappropriated assets.

Download now: Osborne letter Ukraine 6 March 2014

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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:11:52 GMT http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/10-publications/879-chancellor-letter-to-ti-uk-on-ukrainian-assets-in-london
Ukraine Crisis: UK ups game on corrupt assets http://www.transparency.org.uk/component/content/article/12-blog/880-ukraine-crisis-government-ups-game-on-corrupt-assets-in-the-uk ::blog_title::Ukraine Crisis: UK ups game on corrupt assets::/blog_title::
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Rachel Davies comments on the UK Government's plans to take action on asset freezes and travel bans in relation to Russian’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis.

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As the UK Government meets with international partners today to discuss asset freezes and travel bans in relation to Russian’s involvement in the Ukraine crisis, we’re waiting in anticipation for information on what action they decide to take.

10 days ago TI-UK issued a risk alert on corrupt Ukrainian money which may be flowing into or through the UK. The alert – in a form of a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and all UK Money Laundering Reporting Officers in financial institutions, law and accountancy firms, and luxury estate agents – called for the Government to take a proactive stance on asset recovery and to ‘remind all at risk sectors, and their relevant regulators, of their obligations to examine money laundering risks related to members and associates of the current Ukrainian regime’.  Full details of what we called for can be found here.

The Chancellor has now responded to our alert and committed to implement all of our recommendations. His letter states:

‘The recent events have highlighted the risk of corrupt asset flight from Ukraine. The UK has offered to assist the Ukrainian authorities in recovering misappropriated assets. To that end, the UK is sending an NCA led law enforcement taskforce to

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