What the Alliance Means
Leonard F. McCarthy (Vice President for Integrity, World Bank Group)
I am pleased to present the outcome of the First Meeting of the International Corruption Hunters Alliance. This international meeting represented a landmark event for the World Bank Group. With the new Alliance, we now have access to a much broader range of information, best practices and enforcement jurisdictions than ever before. This Alliance will shift the pace of anti-corruption investigations and their outcomes; particularly those relating to development projects.
The meeting was a significant success in terms of timing, substance and the level of representation. Leading up to the meeting, I noticed a growing appetite for anti-corruption success stories, and each week seemed to herald another high-level investigation or feat of international cooperation. In the weeks prior to December, Greek authorities issued a warrant of arrest for ex-Siemens executives; Russian prosecutors began investigating allegations that Daimler AG paid bribes to Russian government agencies to win deals to sell cars; and, the US Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission announced settlements in several foreign-bribery cases.
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The first meeting of the International Corruption Hunters Alliance was organized and hosted by the World Bank Group and sponsored by the Governments of Australia, Denmark, and Norway. This first meeting drew on the World Bank’s international experience and a pilot that was first embarked upon by the Norwegian government a few years ago.