Anti-Corruption Day 2011

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“For too long, the demands of citizens for more accountable government have met promises for change, but too little action.

From this anti-corruption day on, we must judge commitments to good behaviour by the transparency and accountability with which leaders of government and business conduct their affairs.”

Huguette Labelle, Chair of the Board, Transparency International

Read the full statement here.

Fighting corruption has been high on the agenda in 2011. People have taken to the streets to demand accountability from their leaders. Additional countries have adopted anti-corruption legislation. More people are coming forward to report corruption.

However, the cost of corruption to economies and societies remains high.

Corruption and Anti-corruption in figures

Anti-corruption milestones in 2011

14 January – Public anger following the suicide of bribery victim Mohamed Bouazizi causes Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to step down after 23 years in power

11 February - Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is deposed by popular uprising which ends his 30-year hardline rule

25 February – China passes amendments to its corruption legislation that makes foreign corrupt practices illegal

13 April – Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak is detained and his two sons are being held in prison as officials investigate allegations of corruption and abuse of power

12 May – India ratifies the UN Convention Against Corruption

25 May – Russia is asked to join the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention

5 April – Indian activist Ana Hazare begins an anti-corruption hunger strike to pressure the governments to fulfil anti-corruption commitments as envisaged in the Lok Pal Bill. Nation-wide protests erupt to support his cause.

1 July – UK Bribery Act comes into force

28 August – Ana Hazare ends another fast, after the Indian Government promised to work towards devising an effective anti-corruption law (Lokpal bill).

7 September – thousand of people join anti-corruption demonstrations in Brazil

Read about what Transparency International has done to fight corruption in 2011 here

Anti-corruption stories

Transparency International runs Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres in more than fifty countries so that people (names have been changed) pursuing accountability are not alone.

These are only some of the 100,000 cases that we have dealt with since 2004. In so many of these cases, we have seen, time and time again, that the ability to hold authorities to account makes the difference between justice and tragedy.

Corruption in the news

The Financial Times: Tyrants’ Paris: the tour

CNN: Corruption blew the lid off North Africa

CNN business blog: World’s most corrupt place to do business is…

The Guardian: Corruption in India: 'All your life you pay for things that should be free'

The Economist: Corrosive corruption

The Financial Times: Oil groups urged to show anti-corruption plans

Trustlaw: Arab Spring is "emphatic rejection of corruption" - UN official

La Presse: La «dynamite» de la corruption

The European: The Costs of Corruption

Mint: The corruption risk for governance and business

EU Observer: Oil and gas companies tarnish EU reputation

Fox News Latino: Alejandro Salas: Every Day is Anti-Corruption Day


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Corruption and development

Corruption and the Arab Spring

Corruption and gender


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