Transparency International’s work made a world of difference in 2005
Annual Report 2005 highlights achievements
Berlin, 18 July 2006
Transparency International (TI) played a vital role in changing the way national governments, international organisations,
businesses and citizens relate to and act on corruption around the world. TI’s Annual Report 2005 shows that everywhere,
people are becoming more aware of the dangers and devastation of corrupt and unethical behaviour, and they are
increasingly less tolerant.
The prevalence of corruption stories in the media in 2005, such as the United Nations Oil for Food Programme, the
Anglo-leasing scandal in Kenya, allegations of high-level corruption in major German corporations and political financing
investigations in Brazil, Canada and the United States, demonstrates the increased importance of taking action against
corruption. TI’s Annual Report 2005 lists the year’s major corruption stories, demonstrating that countries all over the world
were affected by corruption in 2005.
TI’s achievements in tackling corruption are also highlighted. An increase in awareness of the devastating effects of
corruption has also encouraged determination from players at all levels to address it. The United Nations Convention against
Corruption entered into force, providing a basis for international cooperation and a strong tool to aid in the recovery of
looted assets. International institutions such as the World Bank and the Organisation of American States made tackling
corruption a higher priority. Business became more aware of the need to fight corruption.
The anti-corruption movement is growing. The Annual Report 2005 not only captures this growth but identifies remaining
“Shining the light on corruption practices raises new challenges in determining how to defeat them. Corruption is becoming
more sophisticated, more insidious and interconnected,” said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International.
“Despite real gains made by governments, the private sector, international institutions and other organisations, there is still
too much talk and not enough action.”
Facing these challenges, in 2005 TI served as a partner to help make processes transparent, increase good governance and
implement existing anti-corruption instruments. TI’s measurement tools, research and recommendations helped to clarify the
problem and chart the way forward. Approximately 100 TI chapters around the world worked with their governments to
achieve reforms to improve transparency and good governance. Programmes such as Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres
worked directly with citizens to fight corruption on an individual level.
The fight against corruption is entering a new era of prevention, effective implementation and monitoring of the
anti-corruption laws and conventions the TI movement has fought so hard to achieve.
The Transparency International Annual Report 2005 is available online under
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