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2011-01-13 08:10:00

A new assessment of global earthquake fatalities over the past three decades indicates that 83 percent of all deaths caused by the collapse of buildings during earthquakes occurred in countries considered to be unusually corrupt. Authored by Professor Nicholas Ambraseys of the Imperial College of London and Professor Roger Bilham of the University Colorado at Boulder, the study also found that in some relatively wealthy countries where knowledge and sound business practices would be expected...

2010-06-23 13:08:54

New report highlights how groups spur governments into action: Students get books in Guatemala, teacher absenteeism addressed in Ghana, plus an embarrassment revealed in India's clinics"”drugs unavailable, pharmacists gone Independent research by local groups in emerging democracies helped uncover corruption or abysmal government performance in 13 countries in last few years, forcing public officials to improve education and healthcare services, according to a global report released...

2005-12-09 09:12:15

By Andrew Gray LONDON (Reuters) - Corruption is on the increase in most countries and poor people are often the hardest hit, according to a global survey released on Friday. The poll, published on United Nations Anti-Corruption Day, found a majority of people in 48 out of 69 countries surveyed thought the problem had got worse over the past three years. "Today's survey shows that people believe corruption is deeply embedded in their countries," said Huguette Labelle, chairwoman of...

2005-10-18 08:17:11

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - Bangladesh and Chad are among the most corrupt countries in the world, rife with bribery and nepotism which condemns millions of people to poverty, a report published on Tuesday said. The two states came bottom in Transparency International's (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index for 2005, which drew on 16 surveys from 10 independent institutions to produce a "poll of polls" on corruption levels in 159 countries. Russia, a member of the Group of 8...

2005-10-18 07:35:03

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI (Reuters) - Africa is the most corrupt continent in the world, with Chad the worst offender and Botswana its cleanest nation, a survey said on Tuesday. The Transparency International watchdog said that out of 44 African nations covered in its 2005 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), 31 scored less than three -- "a sign of rampant corruption" -- on a scale of zero to ten. "Africa is the continent with the lowest average in the CPI," it added, confirming...

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