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Corruption database resource update
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Updated Resources on Corruption

This database is maintained by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and is one of many resources available at our Resource Center.

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SourceItem TypeDescriptionURL
GIJN's Global Guide to Investigating Organized CrimeReporting GuideLeading crime reporters (and one professor) offer their hard-won advice about how to tackle these complex — and dangerous — topics. We've chosen nine key areas: criminal finance, narcotics, arms trade, environmental crime, forced disappearances, cybercrime, mafia states, human trafficking, and art and antiquities. Reporting Guide
Investigative Dashboard by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)Databases; ExpertsOCCRP's Investigative Dashboard includes software tools and databases useful for researching and mapping individuals and companies. Its ID Search indexes more than two million documents on Politically Exposed Persons. Links to external databases include business registries, regional procurement registries, regulatory agencies, commercial registries and court registries around the world. Experts are available to assist with research.Databases
Offshore Leaks Database by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)DatabaseICIJ has compiled a database of corporate information based on leaked documents on nearly 810,000 offshore companies and trusts from the Pandora Papers, Paradise Papers, Bahamas Leaks, Panama Papers and Offshore Leaks investigations. The database can be searched by people, companies, and addresses connected to offshore entities and country, or by jurisdiction.Database
OpenCorporatesDatabaseThe UK-based company Chrinon Ltd operated OpenCorporates. In early 2024 it had nearly 223 million companies from more than 140 jurisdictions. The information is sourced from national business registries and linked/matched by association. The database is searchable by company, officer, and jurisdiction. Database
Transparency InternationalInformation; Databases; Expert Sources; Case Studies; ToolkitThe Germany-based anti-corruption NGO is active in nearly 100 countries and publishes the annual Corruption Perceptions Index, which measures levels of perceived public sector corruption in 180 countries around the world, providing details for indicators at country level and ranking countries based on those indicators. TI also publishes the Global Corruption Barometer, which is updated periodically. It also provides a toolkit for journalists that want to investigate corruption: https://www.transparency.org/en/toolkits/media. The Knowledge Hub includes TI research output and is home to the Anti-Corruption Helpdesk and TI's expert network: research. https://knowledgehub.transparency.org/Databases
Global Financial Integrity (GFI)Information; Datasets; Expert Sources; ReportsThe Washington-based nonprofit conducts original analysis of "illicit financial flows, corruption, illicit trade, and money laundering. Through high-caliber analyses, fact-based advocacy to promote beneficial ownership and a cloud-based database to curtail trade fraud, GFI aims to address the harms inflicted by trade misinvoicing, transnational crime, tax evasion and kleptocracy."Datasets
Data on Corruption by the World BankDatasetsThe World Bank Group Enterprise Survey provides indicators of the prevalence of different types of bribery in 159 economies, based on surveys of more than 219,000 firms. Database query tool available; graphs can be generated to compare countries. A database query tool is available to help you better understand the prevalence of corruption across various firm subgroups. You can also generate graphs to compare countries.Datasets
Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre - Project Anti-Corruption System (PACS)InformationThe UK-based international non-profit focuses on corruption in infrastructure, construction and engineering sectors and provides resources (including the PACS, the Project Anti-Corruption System, and specific measures) for governments, organizations, funders, project owners, and institutions/associations to understand, identify, and prevent corruption. National affiliates are located in Colombia, Germany, Italy, Tunisia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.Information
International Anti-Corruption Resource CenterGuide & Training Tool. Information; Expert SourcesThe guide provides detailed information and steps on detecting corruption and fraud in development projects and addresses bribery, bid rigging, collusive bidding, and fraud. A training tool designed for analysts and investigators reviewing bids is also available. List of "red flags" available.Guide & Training Tool
U4 Anti-Corruption Resource CentreInformation; Expert SourcesThe Norway-based organization offers a resource center of anti-corruption material and a help desk for questions. Basic services, development cooperation, evaluation and measurement, health, informal contexts, international drivers of corruption, justice sector, migration, natural resources and energy, "oil, gas, and mining," people's engagement, private sector, public financial management, and renewable resources.Information
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)Country Profiles and InformationCountry profiles, including status of ratification of the Convention Against Corruption, country evaluation reports and relevant links to country information in related UN anti-corruption platforms and databases. "Track" database on national laws: http://www.track.unodc.org/Pages/home.aspxCountry Profiles
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)Country ReportsOffers country monitoring reports on the implementation of the OECD Anti-Bribery ConventionCountry Reports
Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR)DatabaseStAR is a partnership between the World Bank Group and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime aimed at targeting proceeds of corruption in safe havens. StAR works with financial centers and developing nations to facilitate the return of stolen assets. The Corruption Cases Search Center hosts three databases (Asset recovery watch; Puppet masters; Settlements) and can be searched by jurisdiction, implication, year, or key term. Databases

U.S. Department of State, Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement AffairsReportsUS State Department's country-by-country two volume report describing efforts to combat all aspects of the international drug trade, chemical control, money laundering, and financial crimes.Reports
Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) by the Council of EuropeReports, factsheetsGRECO was established by the Council of Europe to monitor its 49 member states’ compliance with the organization’s anti-corruption standards. Includes reports, fact sheets, etc., on member countries.Reports

Overseas Business Risk by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and UK Trade & InvestmentInformationUK Overseas Business Risk service offers guides, geopolitical, and economic analysis on overseas markets to exporters, including guides to potential risks such as human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, criminal activity, and intellectual property.Information
Basel Anti-Money Laundering Index by the The Basel InstituteDatasetsThe Switzerland-based nonprofit organization focuses on international banking standards and compliance and has created the ranking index based on the risk of factors such as money laundering, terrorist financing, financial/public transparency, and judicial strength for 152 jurisdictions. Datasets
FARA Explorer by the Sunlight FoundationDatabasesThe Sunlight Foundation's Foreign Influence Explorer is a search tool that explores Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) documents: http://foreign.influenceexplorer.comDatabases
TRACE CompendiumDatabaseThe TRACE Compendium is a "searchable database of summaries of international anti-bribery enforcement actions. Most actions included in the TRACE Compendium are Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and/or the US Securities and Exchange Commission, but also includes growing number of international anti-bribery enforcement actions brought by enforcement authorities outside of the US, particularly amongst signatories to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention."Database
UNCA Civil Society CoalitionSourcesThe coalition's list of 350 members from more than 100 countries that are civil society anti-corruption organizations can be used to find sources within a country or region. Sources
Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER)DatabaseAn electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information online from US federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator.Database
Marine TrafficDatabaseSearch the MarineTraffic ships database of thousands of active and decommissioned vessels. Find locations of ports and ships using the near Real Time ships map.Database
The Global Anticorruption BlogResourcesLong list of organizations, also list of blogs on the topic.Resources
Investigating Land and Corruption in Africa - A Training Manual For Journalists by Transparency InternationalNewsA training manual supports journalists in Africa to investigate and report stories of land corruption. Lots of other publications also included in this link https://www.transparency.org/publicationsNews
Curbing Corruption by Transparency InternationalResourcesA website "providing practical help for public officials and politicians planning anti-corruption reforms." See the analysis and diagnosis section for suggestions of the kinds of corruption that occur.Resources
GIJN's Guide to Investigating Organized Crime in Africa: KleptocraciesTips & ToolsKleptocracy is government by theft. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines it as “a society whose leaders make themselves rich and powerful by stealing from the rest of the people.” This GIJN chapter offers tips and tools on investigating kleptocracy in Africa.Tips & Tools
Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GITOC)ResourcesMultiple reports on Arms Trafficking, Cybercrime, Development, Drug Trafficking, Financial Crime, Governance and corruption.Resources
Inter-American Development BankReportsA series of published reports on corporate, police, political, transparency, and anticorruption. Reports
Globalization and Health Academic EssayExploring anti-corruption, transparency, and accountability in the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank Group, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Academic Essay
Africa Anti-Corruption PlatformResourcesThis Anti-Corruption Platform for Sub-Saharan Africa provides a platform to showcase civil society organizations working on anti-corruption, in particular through activities around UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and its review process.Resources
GIJN's 10 Steps for Fighting KleptocracyResourceWith democratic progress at stake globally, Stanford scholar Larry Diamond gives a 10-step program to fight kleptocracy, including a call for increased support of investigative journalism.Resource

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