2018 In Corruption: Year-End Review…


Corruption is; Dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power. The action or effect makes someone or something morally depraved. Recent years have witnessed an exponential growth of the twin evils of corruption and criminalization. But, They’re a sad political legacy of decades of corruption and misrule. Here is the record of the anti-corruption year.

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As 2018 draws to a close, we want to look back on the year in corruption.

From the African Union declaring 2018 the  “year of anti-corruption” to the  Summit of the Americas’ overarching anti-corruption theme, our cause has been high on the global agenda.

The year started with the launch of our Anti-Corruption Knowledge Hub, a dedicated online space for research on corruption.

In the spring, the  Corruption Perceptions Index demonstrated the link between corruption and violence against the press and shrinking space for civil society, both worrying trends continuing throughout the year. 

Over the summer, following our critical report, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the UN shipping agency, finally set ambitious emissions reduction targets in line with the Paris Agreement. 

We also analysed and made recommendations on a proposed EU-wide whistleblower protection directive   — which politicians have now voted to adopt. A welcome step. 

In autumn, we held the  International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen, where over 1600 participants gathered to discuss and pioneer the fight against corruption. 

During the conference, the 2018 Anti-Corruption Award recognised Spanish whistleblower Ana Garrido Ramos and the late Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia for their fearlessness and integrity in speaking truth to power. 

Also noteworthy at the IACC was the high-level segment, where government ministers and leaders from different sectors issued commitments and a joint statement to advance anti-corruption efforts. 

We know all too well, however, that leaders often make statements like these, then fail to fulfil their promises. That is why we monitor whether governments are honouring their anti-corruption commitments. 

For example, this year we found the G20 dragging its feet on implementing its own principles for tackling the shell companies that fuel corruption. Similarly, through the B20 and C20, who released two historic joint statements ahead of the G20 in Argentina, we urged G20 countries to step up their efforts.

As winter approached, we celebrated our 25th anniversary and on International Anti-Corruption Day featured the power of people pressure to bring about positive change.

Finally, with our partners we highlighted revelations about the proliferation of dirty money in Europe through ‘golden visa’ schemes, shady deals in the Maldives, and continued to pressure politicians following the Azerbaijani Laundromat. 

There isn’t enough space to highlight all accomplishments this year, however do check out some of the fantastic work from our chapters.

 

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