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Iraq Falls in Corruption Perceptions Index

By John Lee.

Transparency International has said that Iraq has fallen one place in its global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).

From at total of 177 countries, Iraq came in at number 171, putting it in 7th-last position.

This result puts it ahead of countries such as Libya, South Sudan, and Somalia (which came last), and just behind Syria, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Denmark and New Zealand shared first place, followed closely by Finland and Sweden.

The Corruption Perceptions Index is a composite index, drawing on corruption-related data collected by a variety of reputable institutions.

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Anti-Corruption Drive in Schools

The Ministry of Education has today launched new curricula for both primary and secondary schools in Iraq. The aim is to raise awareness and understanding of the concepts of integrity, transparency, human rights and honesty.

The new curricula were designed by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP). This innovative new initiative is the first of its kind to be introduced in Iraq.

“With these curricula, important values will be instilled into Iraq’s next generation,” said Jacqueline Badcock, UNDP’s Resident Representative. “Corruption is a problem that continues to plague the country,” she added.

Iraq was ranked the 8th most corrupt country in the world in 2012 according to Transparency International, and corruption continues to halt Iraq’s development prospects despite an abundance of resources.

The curricula increase students’ understanding of ethical issues through practical, real-life examples and guided discussions. The topics will be integrated into the children’s core subjects by their teachers. The initiative will incorporate lessons on building respect and respect for others, and is based on international best practices in line with the UN Convention Against Corruption, to which Iraq is a signatory.

The curricula are designed to nurture a generation which values integrity, transparency and honesty. The Anti-Corruption curricula will be introduced into Ministry of Education schools during the 2013-2014 academic year.

(Source: UNAMI)

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Haiti Jumps Ahead of Iraq in Corruption Perceptions Index

By John Lee.

Transparency International has said that Iraq maintained its position in the global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).

In the latest annual list, Libya was in 8th-last position, a ranking it shared last year with Haiti, which has improved its position by two places.

From at total of 176 countries, Iraq came in at number 169.

This result puts it ahead of countries such as Myanmar, Sudan, and Somalia (which came last), and just behind Chad, Haiti, and Venuzuela.

Denmark, Finland and New Zealand shared first place.

The Corruption Perceptions Index is a composite index, drawing on 13 different expert and business surveys.

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Transparency and Integrity Board Launched in Kurdistan

The establishment of a new transparency board to promote integrity and anti-corruption practises in Kurdistan was announced on this week, according to AKnews.

The so-called Transparency Development and Impeachment Board will investigate government conduct, identify shortcomings and inform the relative bodies.

Husam Barzinji [Hisam Hakim Barzinji], the General director of the Kurdistan Economic Development Organization, said the establishment of the board took some months of research and scrutiny.

In Transparency International‘s 2011 corruption perceptions index, Iraq scored 1.8 out of 10 and was among the eight most corrupt countries and territories in the world, a slight improvement on 2010, when Iraq scored 1.5 and ranked among the bottom five.

(Source: AKnews)

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Iraq Improves Rank in Corruption Index

Iraq has improved its position in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index from 4th worst to joint 8th worst.

This places it ahead of Somalia, North Korea, Burma (Myanmar), Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Sudan, and on a par with Haiti.

The improvement is to praised, but being behind countries such as Venezuela, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zimbabwe, is hardly cause for celebration.

Rahim Hassan al-Uqailee [Judge Rahim al-Akili; al-Ugeily], stepped down as head of Iraq’s Integrity Commission in September, sharply criticising interference in his inquiries, and saying he had lost political support for his anti-corruption efforts since the beginning of the year.


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Iraqi Advisor Objects to Transparency International

The reports by the Transparency International over the corruption in Iraq are not “precise”, an advisor to the Iraqi government said on Friday, according to AKnews.

The annual survey by the Berlin-based organization listed Somalia, Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Iraq as perceived to be the most corrupt, with Denmark, New Zealand, Singapore, Finland, and Canada perceived to be the world’s least corrupt countries.

Economics advisor, Salam al-Qurayshi, told AKnews that the data upon which the organization has based its conclusions have not been taken from official governmental bodies and the independent Iraqi Integrity Board.

“The organization does not have a base in Iraq and its data on Iraq was based on information by those local and foreign companies who failed to implement service projects in the country.”

(Source: AKnews)

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Head of Iraq’s SWAT Team Arrested for Corruption

The commander of Iraq’s rapid response force has been arrested on suspicion of corruption.

According to a report from Reuters, Brigadier General Numan Dakhil was caught during a sting operation in which he was filmed taking a $50,000 bribe from a contractor.

Sabah al-Saedi, a member of the Integrity Committee, said that Brigadier General Numan Dakhil was caught taking the bribe near Baghdad International airport on Thursday but escaped anti-corruption watchdog investigators after his guards beat them. Dakhil was later arrested on Friday.

“Eight of the Integrity Commission investigators seized him while he was receiving a sum from the contractor. The incident has been recorded with legal evidence,” Saedi told Reuters.

Corruption has been a major problem for Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and the country is ranked as one of the world’s most corrupt nations in Transparency International‘s annual corruption perceptions index.

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Integrity Commission Names Most Corrupt Ministries

The Parliamentary Integrity Commission revealed on Sunday the most corrupt government ministries, indicating that they are currently investigating the cases and that more details will follow.

Bahaa al-Aaraji, the chairman of the committee told AKnews that the most corrupt ministries are those of health, trade, defense, sports and youth, as well as the Secretariat of Baghdad.

“All legal proceedings will be taken against the ministers and director generals and others who are implicated in corruption in these ministries, even if the officials are currently abroad,” he said.

According to Transparency International, Iraq ranked as the third worst country in the world for corruption in 2006, 2007, and 2008—and the fourth worst in 2009.

One of the key demands of the protestors that have taken to the streets of Iraq’s cities en-masse over the past month is the end of administrative and financial corruption in state institutions.

(Source: AKnews)

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