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Transparency International Annual Report 2006
Around the world in 2006, the anti-corruption movement strengthened. In the United Nations Convention against Corruption’s first full year in force, nations continued to sign on to this powerful signal of global commitment. The African Union Anti-Corruption Convention’s entry into force bolstered Africa’s fight against corruption, and the Guatemala Declaration for a Corruption-Free Region, signed by eight Central American presidents and official representatives, was a vital expression of political will in that pivotal region. Multilateral and bilateral development institutions moved to debar corrupt companies; donors increased their cooperation in improving aid accountability and supporting reforms to increase transparency and integrity.