GI-ACE project on beneficial ownership and corruption in Nigeria investigating financial data to try to locate something that is not apparently observable—laundering the proceeds of corruption through disguising the beneficial owner—by removing from the picture what might be explained legitimately.
Where does pressure for public procurement transparency come from? Reflections from Uganda and Tanzania
Recent fieldwork in Tanzania and Uganda demonstrates the potential for data transparency to improve accountability will depend on commitment, not just to open data but also to pursue accompanying reforms that facilitate oversight and promote fair competition.
Reseracher Tom Mayne discusses GI-ACE project aiming to look at possible enabling or complicit practices regarding money-laundering in three different but related areas: banking, real estate, and reputation management.
GI-ACE researcher Daniel Haberly’s first project workshop, “Dark Architectures: Advancing Research on Global Wealth Chains,” provided an opportunity to present in detail on the preliminary version of the historical financial secrecy database compiled over the past several months, including a preliminary overview of how the world map (in 61 jurisdictions) of secrecy-related regulation evolved between the years of 2000-2015.
Why is collecting and analysing data about public procurement so damned difficult? Data scientists explain some common problems
In a new Red Flags Explainer, Liz David-Barrett, Mihaly Fazekas, Agnes Czibik, Bence Toth, and Isabelle Adam draw on their experience of building and analysing datasets of government procurement over the past ten years to answer some Frequently Asked Questions about their work.
GI-ACE researcher Thorsten Chmura discussed focus of research on transnational corruption in international business, pushing the boundaries of citizen science.
Researcher Dan Haberly discusses GI-ACE project attempting to understand how years of specific offshore financial secrecy regulatory reform either have, or possibly have not, impacted the use and shape of illicit financial architectures.
Using ‘red flag’ indicators to identify corruption and analyse reform efforts in the procurement process
In this GI-ACE project, data is used to develop new proxy indicators of corruption risk, based on ‘red flags’ in the tendering process, and then used to test how patterns of corruption differ across contexts and whether anti-corruption efforts work.
Researcher Jackie Harvey discusses GI-ACE project nvestigating how the current international anti-corruption frameworks function within Nigeria and how they can be better targeted to reduce opportunities for the proceeds of corruption to be moved across the globe while the beneficial owner remains hidden.
GI-ACE researcher John Heathershaw discusses project investigating laundering of monies and reputations by professional enablers for African and Central Asian elites.