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February 2017

The Sum of its Parts: Coordinating Brazil's Fight Against Corruption

Brazil's 2003 election created an opening for reform-minded public servants who wanted to combat pervasive corruption in government. The justice minister teamed up with people from other parts of the anti-corruption ecosystem to initiate an informal, cross-institutional network to challenge money laundering and financial crime. They drafted enabling legislation, strengthened monitoring, improved information sharing, and built capacity and specialization. By 2016, authorities had disrupted an entrenched political culture and prosecuted scores of high-level cases. 

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Protesters go to National Congress Palace denouncing corruption and for the departure of President Dilma Rousseff. Photo by Wilson Dias/Agência Brasil [CC BY-SA 2.0 (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)(link is external)], via Wikimedia Commons.


Tackling Corruption from the Bottom Up: Decentralized Graft Prevention in Mauritius

In 2009, with surveys and citizen complaints pointing to widespread corruption and petty bribery in government agencies, Anil Kumar Ujoodha, the head of Mauritius' Independent Commission Against Corruption, developed a bottom-up strategy to reduce bribe-taking, nepotism, and conflicts of interest in the public service. Ujoodha's plan gave government agencies and their employees more responsibility for tackling their own corruption problems. His staff guided each agency through the process of setting up an anti-corruption committee, assessing risks, developing solutions, and monitoring implementation. By 2016, 73 of the island's more than 200 agencies had agreed to implement more than 380 different anti-corruption measures. 

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ISS Featured Interview

In a 2013 interview with ISS, Dev Bikoo discusses his experience as the head of Mauritius's Financial Intelligence Unit and his role in the development of national financial regulation as the country grew into a hub for offshore banking. Bikoo notes the growing incidence of cross-border financial crimes and emphasizes the importance of international coordination to investigate and prosecute cases. He also describes his efforts to encourage other African countries to set up financial intelligence units on a par with that of Mauritius. 



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ISS Monthly Newsletter Archive

January 2017: Property Rights & Land Administration

December 2016: Reconciling the Impossible: South Africa's Government of Unity

November 2016: The Ongoing Drive for Sustainable Cattle Ranching in Brazil

October 2016: Managing Tense Elections

September 2016: Indonesia's 2014 Presidential Transition

August 2016: Reforming Brazil's Military

July 2016: Graduates to Government: The President's Young Professionals Program In Liberia

June 2016: Delivering on Presidential Goals in the Dominican Republic

May 2016: Pockets of Effectiveness in Senegal and Indonesia

April 2016: Evaluation in Benin & Croatia Defense Reform

March 2016: Powersharing in Tunisia and Kenya

February 2016: Morocco Water, Tunisia Microfinance

January 2016: Mexico Veracruz and Ghana Presidential Transition

December 2015: Peru and Kenya Judiciaries

November 2015: Protecting Forests, Mitigating Climate Change

October 2015: Open Government Partnership

September 2015: Mexico's Presidential Transition

August 2015 Indonesia Military

July 2015: Kenya 2030 Strategy

June 2015: Calderon's Prexidency in Mexico, Anti Corruption in Luthuania

 May 2015: Bihar India Modernizing Systems to Improve Service Delivery

 April 2015: Two New Case Studies on the Philippines

 March 2015: Monitoring Kosovo's Courts 

 February 2015: Pakistan's Citizen Feedback Monitoring Program

 January 2015: ISS Announces a New Online Course

 January 2015: Reducing Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon 

December 2014: Lagos State and Vietnam: Promoting Reform at the Local Level 

November 2014: Political Transitions in Chile

October 2014: Tunisian Elections

 September 2014: Strategy Development in Serbia and Estonia

 August 2014: Strategy Development in Malayasia

 July 2014: Effective Reforms in Brazil

June 2014: Public Sector Innovation in Mexico

May 2014: Short-Route Accountability in Afghanistan

April 2014: Elections in India

March 2014: Transforming Citizen Services

February 2014: Short-Route Accountability in Indonesia & the Philippines

January 2014: Anti-Corruption Agencies

December 2013: South Africa's Transition to a Non-Racial Democracy

November 2013: Reform Leaders on Effective and Accountable Civil Service

October 2013: Improving Policy Management and Service Delivery

September 2013: Combatting Corruption and Mediating Election Conflict

 August 2013: Improving Service Delivery and Reducing Election Violence 

July 2013: Increasing Accountability and Efficiency in Civil Service

June 2013: Government Delivery Units

May 2013: Anti-Corruption Commissions

April 2013: Election Reforms in Zambia and other Countries

March 2013: Civil Service Reforms in Brazil

February 2013: Infrastructure Projects, Government Investments and Obstacles

 January 2013: Anti-Corruption Efforts in the Baltics and Nigerian Elections

December 2012: Reforming City Management in Palmero and Johannesburg

November 2012: ISS Marks 100 Case Studies

October 2012: Kenya Open Data and the Rapid Results Approach

September 2012: Cabinet Reform and Anti-Corruption Agencies

August 2012: City Management in Bangalore and Rapid Results in Madagascar

July 2012: Indonesian and Georgian Reforms

June 2012: Revenue Collection in Liberia

May 2012: Center of Government in the Batics

April 2012: Indonesian Accountability and Nigerian Electoral Reform

March 2012: Improving Government Accountability, Leading Reform

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