2014 Lima – Hidden Money, Hidden Resources: Financing Development with Transparency

The Financial Transparency Coalition and LATINDADD successfully hosted the 2014 conference, which brought together government officials, civil society organizations, journalists, and other experts to discuss a wide-range of issues related to illicit financial flows. Through strategy and training sessions, presentations, and meetings, the FTC conference presented a unique opportunity to facilitate learning, strategizing and policy analysis in a venue that brings multiple stakeholders together.

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2013 Dar es Salaam – Towards Transparency: Making the Global Financial System Work for Development

In co-operation with Policy Forum, the Financial Transparency Coalition successfully hosted its annual conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from October 1-2, 2013. The conference, Towards Transparency: Making the Global Financial System Work for Development, focused on addressing the problem of illicit financial flows, and how this illicit money, often gained through corruption, illegal activities, or tax evasion, could be better used to foster growth and development.

Every year, developing countries lose around $1 trillion per year to illicit financial flows, which are the proceeds of tax evasion, crime, and corruption. They undermine accountable government, enable organized crime on a massive scale, and make it more difficult for governments to provide basic services. Illicit financial outflows dwarf foreign aid, and represent one of the biggest impediments to development in Africa. (more…)

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2013 New Delhi – Financial Transparency: Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Countries

The Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development, in partnership with the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, hosted its first Asia regional conference, Financial Transparency: Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Countries, at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on April 3, 2013

According to the latest report by Task Force member Global Financial Integrity, the Asia region lost an average of US$344.4 billion per annum in illicit financial flows from 2001-2010. It accounted for 60.91 percent of the total illicit financial flows from the developing world, with China, Malaysia, the Philippines, and India among the top 10 countries with the highest measured average annual illicit financial outflows over that decade. Conference panelists will address the issue of illicit financial flows in the Asian context and discuss possible solutions. (more…)

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2011 Paris – Tackling the Shadow Financial System: A Working Plan for the G20

The 2011 annual conference of the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development took place at the Cercle National des Armées in Paris, France from October 6-7.

Illicit financial outflows from developing countries—which total around $1.3 trillion per year—undermine the tax base in poorer countries, eroding the accountability that is essential for good governance and global stability. The same opacity that facilitates these flows is also partly responsible for the budget crises that are plaguing governments in developed countries, which the G20 has been trying to address. The key to curtailing these illicit flows is transparency. (more…)

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