May 2013 (#168)


In this update:

  • PWYP Australia’s new website
  • CIA delivers cash to Afghan leaders
  • Transparency International marks 20th anniversary of official launch
  • Technology Against Corruption
  • Coming Events

PWYP Australia’s new website

Publish What You Pay’s new website has just gone live. Visitors to the site are able to sign an e-letter to the Australian Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Resources and Energy, calling on the Australian Government to introduce legislation requiring mining and oil and gas companies to publish what they pay to governments where they operate. The site also gives an overview of the ‘resource curse’ issue and features a PWYP video on Niger.

CIA delivers cash to Afghan leaders

The New York Times have reported that ‘For more than a decade, wads of American dollars packed into suitcases, backpacks and, on occasion, plastic shopping bags have been dropped off every month or so at the offices of Afghanistan’s president – courtesy of the Central Intelligence Agency…according to current and former advisers to the Afghan leader.’

Transparency International marks 20th anniversary of official launch

In the 20 years since its official launch in 1993, TI’s efforts have moved far beyond shedding light on business transactions and now include a sweeping public sector efforts aimed at creating transparent governments and accountable leaders, a broad network of advocacy and legal advice centres, agenda-setting research and a presence in more than 100 countries.

Technology Against Corruption

As mobile phone usage and internet access around the world increase, it is clear that technology is transforming society. The same goes for the fight against corruption: Websites like ipaidabribe.com in India and the use of Twitter and Facebook in events like the Arab Spring have shown how technology opens up new possibilities for citizens to demand change and public accountability.

 

Coming Events

EITI Global Conference – 22-23 May 2013 – ‘Beyond Transparency’, Sydney: stakeholders from across the globe will meet to share how EITI is leading to change in their countries and agree how the EITI Standard should evolve to further improve transparency and accountability of revenues from natural resources.

TI Australia Queensland Regional Committee Launch and Seminar – 21 June 2013: 4-6pm, Norton Rose, Solicitors, Level 21, 111 Eagle Street, Brisbane. Speakers at the seminar to follow: Dr David Solomon, Prof. Saleem H. Ali and Michael Roche. RSVP by Mon 17 June to Tess at UHY Haines Norton on 07 32105556 or t.johnson@uhyhn.com.au

Corruption Prevention Network 2013 Annual Full Day Forum – 12 September 2013 to be held in Sydney. Download an information flyer and register online.

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