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NEW REPORT ASSESSES ANTI-CORRUPTION MECHANISMS AND GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY IN 55 COUNTRIES

How does your country rate when it comes to government accountability and preventing corruption? Find out with the 2007 report from Global Integrity (GI), an international organisation that tracks global governance and corruption trends.

"Global Integrity Report: 2007" covers 55 countries, ranging from members of the G8 to dozens of the world's emerging markets and developing nations, from Argentina to Zambia. See how each country scores in more than 300 indicators - including a whole section on media and access to information, and read an on-the-ground look at corruption and integrity from a leading local journalist.

Then get the big picture by reading the "Key Findings" - such as how having elections is no guarantee of a strong democratic society. "We now know there is little linkage between elections and the much tougher reforms that must be made, especially in countries at political crossroads such as Pakistan, Ukraine, Georgia and Kenya," GI found.

Surprisingly, wealthier countries suffer from many of the same corruption challenges as developing countries, especially in election and campaign financing, GI says.

And despite the common belief that changes in governance and anti-corruption performance take many years to happen, several countries bucked that trend, showing big improvements or backsliding from a year ago.

Check out "Global Integrity Report: 2007" here: http://report.globalintegrity.org

(12 February 2008)

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