Crosspost: How Weak Multilateral Lending Standards Enable and Strengthen Kleptocracy (orig. NED’s Democracy’s Power 3.0 blog)

We don’t usually crosspost but this recent piece by my colleague Elsa Peraldi, published last week on the National Endowment for Democracy’s Power 3.0 blog, warrants an exception: In her post about IMF emergency lending to Equatorial Guinea, Elsa highlights a key tension—a recurring systemic failure—of how our multilateral development system and the financial flows…

An Aggravated Struggle: Kleptocracy and COVID-19

Can humane stories help fight kleptocrats in power in Central Africa? Absolutely, is what the Central African Coalition Against Kleptocracy would say.  The Coalition, which includes activists from Cameroon, Chad, Congo and Equatorial Guinea, believes that sharing stories on how citizens are affected by kleptocrats is an important step in raising awareness, and eventually fighting…

The evolution of a front-line led anti-kleptocracy strategy in Central Africa

Paul Biya. Denis Sassou Nguesso. Teodoro Nguema Obiang. These Central African leaders are wealthy, powerful, and visible actors of kleptocracy. They steal from their citizens and use state power for personal gain. What’s lesser-known in the region is the anti-kleptocracy movement led by front-line organizations.  As a human rights activist at heart, I believe it…

members of Central African Coalition Against Kleptocracy engaged in discussion

Central African Coalition Against Kleptocracy takes different approach to tackling kleptocracy

Fighting kleptocrats at the international level is not enough Related Blog Beating kleptocrats at their own game: Learning how to tackle kleptocracy more effectively The complexity of kleptocracy (in which those governing seek status and personal gain at the expense of the governed) has implications for the approaches taken to address this particular corruption problem.…

kleptocracy cartoon

Beating kleptocrats at their own game: Learning how to tackle kleptocracy more effectively

Kleptocracy – a global phenomenon, with local consequences One of the many benefits of globalization is, depending on people’s access to technology, the possibility to connect with everyone everywhere almost instantaneously. However, the logic of instantaneous connectivity has allowed corrupt governing elites to commit and get away with crimes of baffling magnitude. Kleptocracy, a government…