Amid the ongoing turmoil in Syria and the turbulent transition to democracy in Egypt, the optimism we all felt about the Arab Spring in the early months of 2011 seems rather far away.
That’s why it was so encouraging last week to learn that $28.8 million of the former Tunisian dictator’s stolen assets were returned to the people of Tunisia. Recovered from a Lebanese bank account belonging to Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali’s wife, the repatriated riches are the first stolen assets returned to the North African country since the overthrow of Mr. Ben Ali more than two years ago.
Swift Action, Transparency and Collaboration Critical in Tackling Corruption
WASHINGTON, DC – Global Financial Integrity (GFI) joined 76 civil society organizations in calling upon the G20 to take action on corruption. In a letter submitted to G20 officials last week, the civil society groups affirmed their support for the G20’s work combating corruption, urged swift action and made recommendations.
New Global Financial Integrity Report on Illicit Financial Flows out of the Developing World to Be Released Tuesday, January 18th
WASHINGTON, DC – A new report from Global Financial Integrity (GFI), “Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2000-2009,” includes data on Tunisia, which GFI estimates is losing more than a billion U.S. dollars per year to illicit financial activities and official government corruption.