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About Global Financial Integrity

Curtailing illicit financial flows to enhance global development and security

Global Financial IntegrityGlobal Financial Integrity (GFI) is a research and advocacy program, which fights the massive outflow of capital from developing economies by working to curtail international money-laundering, tax evasion and corruption. An estimated $725 billion to $1.26 trillion or more flows illicitly out of poor countries every year – 10 times the amount of foreign aid these countries receive from Western economies. These illicit financial flows forestall economic growth and good governance in poor countries and threaten the security of rich countries. By reducing the flow of illicit capital, additional funds will be available for investment in developing nations, which, in turn, will create greater opportunities for development.

Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development

In January 2009, GFI launched the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development (Task Force). The Task Force is a unique global coalition of civil society organizations and more than 50 governments working together to address inequalities in the financial system that penalize billions of people.

Lessons from Burundi's Security Sector Reform Process

By Nicole Ball

Nov-17-2014 | Policy Brief

Security sector reform (SSR) is increasingly put forward as a solution for a broad spectrum of African states facing security challenges. Yet, for a variety of reasons, there are relatively few examples of successful SSR implementation... Read More »

Country Profile: U.S. Security Assistance to Yemen

By Security Assistance Monitor

Oct-20-2014 | Report

Following close to eleven months of street protests calling for an end to his 33-year presidency, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a U.S.-supported transition plan on November 23, 2011. Former Vice President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi was elected president in February 2012 in a one-man election. While the new government has made progress on parts of the transition plan by beginning to restructure the security sector and completing a National Dialogue Conference (NDC), it has yet to revise the constitution or hold new elections... Read More »

Something in the Air: “Isolationism,” Defense Spending, and the U.S. Public Mood

By Carl Conetta

Oct-14-2014 | Report

Is the public trending toward isolationism? Or is interventionism back? Polls suggest a more complex truth... Read More »

CIA Reorganization Would be Risky

By Melvin A. Goodman

Nov-21-2014 | Letter

CIA Director John Brennan’s consideration of breaking up the operational and analytical directorates of the Central Intelligence Agency would do great harm to the production of strategic intelligence... Read More »

The $5 Billion the Pentagon Doesn't Need

By William D. Hartung

Nov-18-2014 | Article

Congress must subject the president's new $5.6 billion war funding request to careful scrutiny, and reject it if questions about the budgetary need and human rights impacts cannot be adequately answered... Read More »

Still Need Budget Discipline at the Pentagon

By William D. Hartung

Nov-14-2014 | Article

Regardless of what happens on Capitol Hill in the next few years, the days of hefty annual increases in Pentagon spending are over. The Pentagon would be well-advised to take this reality into account and plan accordingly... Read More »

Recent Posts from our Blogs

The Economic and Security Future

Nov-17-14 | Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Economists for Peace and Security works to promote non-military solutions to world challenges, and more broadly to work towards freedom from fear and want for all. Join them for a discussion of the economic and security future... Read More »

Financial Transparency Coalition Annual Conference 2014

Oct-14-14 | Lima, Peru

Mark your calendars for the Financial Transparency Coalition 2014 annual conference co-hosted by the Latin American Network on Debt and Development in Lima, Peru October 14-15... Read More »

Hill Briefing

Sep-16-14 | Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-11

With the President’s announcement of a $5 billion Counter Terrorism Partnerships Fund in late May, the Obama administration is greatly expanding U.S. foreign security assistance to combat terrorism around the world. Join us for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities created by this announcement... Read More »

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