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15 Jul 2020
South Sudan: the newest country in the world
The Republic of South Sudan is one of the world’s newest countries and cannot be described as having an auspicious start to life. It was born on 9th July 2011 as a result of an agreement in 2005, which ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. Comprised of over 60 major ethnic groups and ...

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15 Jun 2020
UN Intervention wins some peace for Central African Republic
The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries on the planet. Its present problems appeared following the overthrowing in 2013 of the then president, Francois Bozize, a Christian, by the Seleka, a predominantly Muslim militia. From that moment, the nation plunged into a bloody spiral, ...

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15 May 2020
Covid-19 starts to overrun Cameroon
Yesterday’s reports that police in Cameroon have arrested and detained several hundred people for not wearing face masks in public suggests a government and its state apparatus panicking in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve seen reports of the widespread imposition of fines on tho ...

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15 Apr 2020
Somalia: A collection of warring clans ill-equipped for the modern world
Somalia emerged from a colonial history under Italian and British rule in 1960. It has been in a state of anarchy after an insurrection in 1991 against a military regime led by President Siad Barre. An internationally sponsored government struggled to regain order in 2000 but two Northen regions &nd ...

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15 Mar 2020
Kenya: Every conceivable corruption squeezed into one naturally rich country
Every economic, political and cultural sector of Kenya is utterly corrupted. Bribery of public officials is a way of life and is routinely requested by them. Tax evasion is widespread. On paper, Kenya has a robust anti-corruption legal framework. Its enforcement is inadequate due to the weak judicia ...

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15 Feb 2020
Burundi: Poor with endemic ethnic violence
In 2019, a UN Commission accused the government in Burundi of human rights abuses, including executions, arbitrary arrests, torture and sexual violence. The state responded by calling the allegations, “lies”. In the same year it banned the BBC from operating in the country. Very few priv ...

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15 Jan 2020
Rwanda: A remarkable turnaround in 25 years
Many Westerners will still associate Rwanda with Africa’s most recent paradigmatic example of man’s inhumanity to man. The genocide in 1994 ripped the social fabric of the country apart. The year before President Habyarimana signed an agreement, in the Tanzanian town of Arusha, to share ...

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15 Dec 2019
Uganda: a troubled history
Uganda is one of Africa’s most corrupt countries. In highest risk civil sectors are the police, the judiciary and public procurement. As with many countries both in the region and around the world, the legal framework used to deal with corruption is superficially strong.

The core of that framew ...

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15 Oct 2019
Will peace persist in the Congo?
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) is unusually peaceful at the present time, having emerged from a war on a scale described as "Africa's World War," in which six million people were killed. It is 905,354 square miles big, with 81.5 million people, who speak five major languages: French ...

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15 Sep 2019
14th Most Corrupt Country in the World: Republic of The Congo
The Republic of the Congo (aka Congo-Brazzaville) is tightly controlled by President Sassou Nguesso, with the result that all the institutions of state and all public procurement processes suffer from high levels of political interference and patronage. Whilst the government has enacted an anti-corr ...

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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.

Gabon gained independence from France in 1960, ...

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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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