International Drivers of Corruption

Some global mechanisms allow corruption to be a profitable crime. Find out how to deal with the negative impact this brings to developing countries.

Globalisation has been beneficial in many ways. However, the structures that facilitate legitimate businesses and international financial transactions are also used for illicit purposes: laundering proceeds of corruption, generating illicit flows out of development countries, paying bribes or evading taxes. These mechanisms create incentives for corrupt behavior in developing and developed countries and need solutions at local and international levels.

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Illicit financial flows and their impacts on development

Lecture by Raymond Baker from Global Financial Integrity (1 Oct 2010)
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Author: Sharman, JC
Release date: November 2011

The money laundry: Regulating criminal finance in the global economy

A generation ago not a single country had laws to counter money laundering; now, more countries have AML policies than have armed forces. In this book, Sharman investigates whether AML policy works and why it has spread so rapidly to so many states with little in common. He asserts that there are few benefits from such policies. Testing its effectiveness, Sharman had no difficulty in establishing untraceable shell companies in countries ranging from Somalia to the United States and Britain.

Author: Emile van der Does de Willebois, Emily M. Halter, Robert A. Harrison, Ji Won Park, J.C. Sharman
Release date: October 2011

The Puppet Masters

Billions in corrupt assets, complex money trails, shell companies and other spurious legal structures. These form the complex web of subterfuge in corruption cases, behind which hides the Puppet Master and beneficiary of it all. Linking the beneficial owner to the proceeds of corruption is difficult. With sizable wealth and resources, the corrupt stay ahead of the game by exploiting transnational constructions that are hard to penetrate.Indeed, nearly all cases of grand corruption have one thing in common. They rely on corporate vehicles- legal structures such as companies, foundations and trusts - to conceal ownership and control of tainted assets.The Puppet Masters takes corporate vehicles as its angle of investigation.


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