September 8th, 2014
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil / WASHINGTON, DC
– More than US$400 billion flowed illegally out of Brazil between 1960 and 2012— draining domestic resources, driving the underground economy, exacerbating inequality, and facilitating crime and corruption—according to a new report
to be published Monday, September 8th
at a press event in Rio de Janeiro by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington DC-based research and advocacy organization.
Titled “Brazil: Capital Flight, Illicit Flows, and Macroeconomic Crises, 1960-2012
,” the study finds that trade misinvoicing—the fraudulent over- and under-invoicing of trade transactions—accounted for the vast majority (92.7 percent) of the country’s illicit financial outflows over the...
September 2nd, 2014
Tomorrow, Heather Lowe of FTC member organization Global Financial Integrity
will participate in a panel discussion organized by the U.S. Department of State. The event, hosted at the OpenGov Hub
in Washington D.C., will also include officials from the World Bank's Stolen Assets Recovery Initiative, the State Department, and Transparency International USA. The discussion will focus on the inherent links between governance and corruption, and how to combat them.
If you aren't based in Washington, or are unable to attend the event, there's no need to worry, as a live stream will be available on the Internet. You can submit questions...
August 7th, 2014
– Global Financial Integrity (GFI) welcomed the announcement
from the White House and African leaders today regarding the establishment of a bilateral U.S.-Africa Partnership to Combat Illicit Finance, but the Washington-DC based research and advocacy organization cautioned that any effective partnership must be sure to address deficiencies in both the U.S. and in Africa that facilitate the hemorrhage of illicit capital from Africa.
“We welcome the move by President Obama and certain African leaders to form this partnership on curbing illicit financial flows from African economies,” said GFI President Raymond Baker
, who also serves on the UN...
August 5th, 2014
– As African leaders descend on Washington this week for the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
, Global Financial Integrity (GFI) called on the Obama Administration and Heads of State from across the continent to prioritize efforts to curtail illicit financial flows from Africa, which GFI estimates cost the continent roughly US$55.6 billion per year over the past decade.
“Illicit financial outflows are by far the most damaging economic problem facing Africa,” said GFI President Raymond Baker, who sits on the UN High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa. “In 2011 alone, US$76.9 billion flowed illegally out of Africa. ...