(January 11, 2005) Audit reports released by a U.N.-sanctioned commission into the multibillion-dollar oil-for-food program in Iraq showed lax oversight, understaffing and widespread inefficiencies throughout the system, but no evidence of fraud or corruption.
(January 9, 2005) The United Nations may have overpaid up to $5 billion to individuals, companies and Gulf states for losses in Iraq’s 1990 invasion and occupation of Kuwait, auditors’ documents showed on Sunday.
(December 21, 2004) Secretary-General Kofi Annan reiterated Tuesday he has no intention of resigning over allegations of corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program and plans to move ahead with sweeping changes at the United Nations.
(December 16, 2004) U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has pledged full cooperation with investigations into alleged abuses in a U.N. oil and aid program and said U.N. employees can be fired if they do not comply.
(November 30, 2004) The UK’s “File on 4” explores claims of corruption that have surfaced over several projects backed by the UK government’s Export Credits Guarantee Department.
(November 30, 2004) “The British companies, of course, would say . . . we wouldn’t dream of bribing anybody, but we just think the rules are too complicated, we can’t possibly know what our associates abroad are doing, so we can’t apply these rules.”
(November 30, 2004) Earlier this year, British ministers introduced tough new rules to ensure UK companies wouldn’t pay bribes to win contracts abroad. But now a whole series of allegations is surfacing about UK-backed projects.
(November 26, 2004) The 25-nation bloc is one of the world’s largest aid donors and in its annual report, published on Friday, OLAF said the EU’s humanitarian and development aid to third countries was a victim of “complex and well-organised” financial fraud.
(November 21, 2004) If 2002 was the ‘Year of the Whistleblower,’ 2004 can only be deemed the ‘Year of the Gagged’ when it comes to patriotic civil service whistleblowers challenging abuses of power by federal bureaucracies, say analysts.
(November 17, 2004) A new publication aimed at helping citizens of resource-rich countries more effectively monitor government earnings and expenditures, based on the experiences of some of the most successful budget groups in the world.
(November 9, 2004) Riggs National Corp., the parent of Riggs Bank, disclosed Tuesday that both the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice are conducting an investigation into the bank holding company.
(November 1, 2004) In recent years, Northern aid donors have become more and more vocal about the need for Southern countries to clean themselves up. Yet they have refused to change their own policies that encourage corruption.
(October 21, 2004) Watchdog warns that graft is crippling the battle against poverty.
(October 21, 2004) Most oil-rich countries are burdened by corruption and oil companies contribute to the problem by not publishing information on payments made to governments and state-owned oil companies, according to Transparency International.
(October 15, 2004) Corruption is reportedly running rampant in the new Iraqi government, according to Judge Radi al-Radi, who heads the Commission on Public Integrity established by the Coalition Provisional Authority to monitor corruption.