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The fight against corruption: international organizations at a cross‐roads

Steve Berkman (Leesburgh, Virginia, USA)
Nancy Z. Boswell (Transparency International‐USA, Washington, DC, USA)
Franz H. Brüner (European Anti‐Fraud Office (OLAF), Brussels, Belgium)
Mark Gough (United Nations Investigation Division, Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria)
John T. McCormick (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC, USA)
Peter Egens Pedersen (Svendborg, Denmark)
Jose Ugaz (Benites, Forno & Ugaz Law Firms, Lima, Peru)
Stephen Zimmermann (Inter‐American Development Bank, Washington, DC, USA)

Journal of Financial Crime

ISSN: 1359-0790

Article publication date: 9 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to offer anti‐corruption experts' personal assessments of the progress international organizations have made in fighting corruption.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper contains a survey of the viewpoints of a number of anti‐corruption experts who themselves are current or former staff of international organizations, or who – from their positions within the private sector or in non‐governmental organizations – are able to offer a unique and distanced perspective on the key corruption‐related issues and challenges facing international organizations today.

Findings

It is agreed that international organizations today are at a cross‐roads in their individual and collective fight against corruption. International organizations must weather the corruption scandals that have recently plagued several organizations, and must confront the question of whether their staffs, boards, and member governments indeed have the ability, will, and commitment to fight corruption. To address these challenges, international organizations must adopt proactive investigative strategies when combating corruption, seek greater cooperation with each other, and must ensure that their respective investigation units have the necessary resources and independence to effectively detect, investigate, and prevent corruption.

Originality/value

The paper offers a realistic prognosis on the future of the anti‐corruption movement within and among international organizations.

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Citation

Berkman, S., Boswell, N.Z., Brüner, F.H., Gough, M., McCormick, J.T., Egens Pedersen, P., Ugaz, J. and Zimmermann, S. (2008), "The fight against corruption: international organizations at a cross‐roads", Journal of Financial Crime, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 124-154. https://doi.org/10.1108/13590790810866863

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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