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15 Aug 2019
Gabon is a stabilising political influence in Africa
In keeping with many other sub-Saharan countries, AIDS has caused an excess mortality rate and remains a serious problem for the whole country. The official language is French. Other common languages are Fang, Myene, Nzebi, Bapounou/Eschira and Bandjabi.

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15 Jul 2019
Tanzania banks on hydropower to improve its fortunes
After a complex and extended colonial history, during which Tazania's present territory was occupied by various European powers, the country was unified in its present independent form in 1964. In 1977, the Tanganyika African National Union and Zanzibar's Afro-Shirazi Party merged to become the Part ...

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15 Jun 2019
Zambia: Political Stability Hasn't Solved Major Problems
Zambia made a peaceful transition to independence from British colonial rule, in 1964. Its first post-colonial leader, Kenneth Kaunda, led the country for three decades, during which time although the country suffered terrible economic hardship, he became a giant on the African stage. Then, as now, ...

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15 May 2019
Angola: Struggling To Overcome Legacy Of Long Civil War
Angola suffered one of the world's longest civil wars, having previously been a longstanding Portugese colony, during which time over a million slaves were shipped from the area to Brazil. The Portugese revolution in 1974 led to the collapse of its empire. In 1975 the Portugese withdrew from Angola ...

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15 Apr 2019
Madagascar: A Messy Example Of A Democracy Mired In corruption.
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. It is one of the world's poorest countries and heavily dependent on foreign aid. It was a French colony until 1960, since when it has repeatedly suffered political instability: coups, violent unrest and disputed elections. Democracy returned in 2 ...

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15 Mar 2019
Mozambique: Another Masterclass in Modern Corruption
Mozambique's recent history has been turbulent. After independence in 1975 it was riven by a civil war between a Marxist government, supported by the Soviet Union and Cuba, and anti-communist forces, funded by South Africa and Rhodesia (as Zimbabwe was known then). Even by the brutal standards of Af ...

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15 Feb 2019
The Country Formerly known as Swaziland
The country formerly known as Swaziland scored 38 in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index 2018, which means that it ranks as the 89th out of the 180 countries in the Index. It shares that ranking with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. However, it scores better t ...

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15 Jan 2019
Zimbabwe - A Masterclass in Corruption
Zimbabwe is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. The global anti-corruption charity Transparency International (TI) gave it only 22 points in its Corruption Perceptions Index 2017, which ranked it as the 23rd most corrupt country in the world. In 2016, TI reported that Zimbabwe was losing ...

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15 Dec 2018
Botswana - one of the least corrupt countries in the world
Botswana is a sparsely populated, landlocked country with 70% of the country comprised of the Kalahari Desert. It is the least corrupt country in Africa, according to Transparency International with a score which makes it the 34th least corrupt country in the world. Botswana is not a party to th ...

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15 Nov 2018
Namibia Is Managed By Business Orientated Marxists
Namibia is a young country, having gained independence from South Africa on 21st March 1990, following a 24 year war. It is a member state of the United Nations, the Southern African Development Community, the African Union and the Commonwealth of Nations. It has a population of 2.5m people, with an ...

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15 Oct 2018
Lesotho Struggles Against Corruption
Lesotho is an enclave country, mountainous and entirely landlocked by South Africa. It is governed by a bicameral parliamentary constitutional monarchy. Its natural resources are water, agricultural and grazing land, diamonds, sand, clay and building stone. Transparency International scored it at 42 ...

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15 Sep 2018
Corruption in South Africa
In South Africa the national government collects taxes, distributes them to the provinces and doesn't trouble itself too much with auditing where the money goes. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is mired in widespread allegations of corruption, which go right up to the top of the party.

Som ...

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15 Aug 2018
Landmark Legislation: the UK's Bribery Act 2010
The UK's Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1st July 2011. It is widely regarded as the strictest anti-corruption law in the world. It focuses on bribery only. Other so-called white collar crimes are dealt with by different legislation. The landmark point is that an organisation will be criminally ...

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15 Jul 2018
Overview Of The UK's Anti-Corruption Law
The United Kingdom has significantly improved its reputation for standing against corruption in recent years. Don't take our word for it, take the word of the leading global anti-corruption charity, Transparency International (headquartered in Germany), which gave the UK a score of 74% 'clean' i ...

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15 Jun 2018
How To Avoid Corruption
Are you a UK registered business? Are you contemplating a new commercial relationship with another company? How sure are you that you won't fall foul of the Bribery Act?

If your answers are yes, yes and 'I don't know', we can help. We specialise in detailed anti-corruption due diligence investigation ...

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