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Why India Cannot Get the Money Back

Excerpted from ‘India – Still a Shackled Giant’ by Dev Kar, with Penguin Random House India permission.  A few years after retiring from the IMF, I applied for the position of lead economist at GFI, then a...

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With Spate of New Bills, Congress Has Chance to Tackle Kleptocracy

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Twenty-five luxury vehicles worth over $27 million. Gilded toilets in a secret forest compound. Three lions in a private zoo. A $200,000 wedding dress for a cabinet minister’s daughter. The bounty of kleptocracy can take many, sometimes...

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Plundering the future: Why the IMF must quantify grand corruption

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By Tom Cardamone and Maureen Heydt As the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group kick off the 2019 Annual Meetings this week, government officials, central bankers, academics, civil society and journalists will descend on Washington...

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Seventh Annual Amartya Sen Essay Contest 2020

In August 2020, Global Financial Integrity and Academics Stand Against Poverty will be awarding the seventh annual Amartya Sen Prize to the two best original essays that examine one particular component of illicit financial flows, the resulting...

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Free trade zones: a Pandora’s box for illicit money

Governments around the world are increasingly turning to free trade zones (FTZs) as a means of promoting economic growth and investment: Ghana recently signed an agreement with Iran to bolster cooperation between their free zones, while the...

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Ukrainian real estate play in Cleveland highlights need to know the beneficial owner

Editor’s note: this piece was originally published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on August 28, 2019. Earlier this year, an important legal complaint filed in the state of Delaware alleged that two Ukrainian oligarchs laundered hundreds of millions of...

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South Africa, Revisited: Trade Misinvoicing and Lost Revenue in 2016

by Ben Iorio  In November 2018, Global Financial Integrity published an analysis of South Africa’s potential revenue losses associated with trade misinvoicing, finding losses of approximately US$37 billion in revenue, or on average $7.4 billion between 2010-2014....

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Out of Africa: Capital Flight

by Ben Iorio “The traditional thinking has always been that the West is pouring money into Africa through foreign aid and other private-sector flows, without receiving much in return. Actually, that logic is upside down – Africa...

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