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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.

Country Profile: U.S. Security Assistance to Tunisia

By Security Assistance Monitor, Project on Middle East Democracy

Apr-21-2015 | Policy Brief

Tunisia is widely credited with initiating the wave of revolutions that swept the Arab world in 2011. Following the ouster of former President Ben Ali, the country navigated an extremely difficult political transition that culminated in the formation of a democratically elected government under a new constitution in December 2014... Read More »

Honduras: A Government Failing to Protect Its People

By Sarah Kinosian, Lisa Haugaard

Mar-09-2015 | Report

Last December, the Latin America Working Group Education Fund (LAWGEF) and Center for International Policy (CIP) traveled to Honduras for a first-hand look at events in the country. What we found was a security situation in shambles and a country in dire need of reform. A number of alarming issues face Honduras today, including mass migration, the disturbing and highly visible militarization of law enforcement, grave threats against human rights defenders, and a lack of an effective and independent justice system... Read More »

Fighting for Peace: The Tricky Business of Using Greater Force in UN Peace Operations

By Nicole Ball

Mar-04-2015 | Policy Brief

The increased political willingness by UN member states to authorise the use of force has developed well ahead of their risk tolerance and matching capabilities... Read More »

The Word Is Out: The U.S. Once Again Leads the World in Arms Sales

By William D. Hartung

Apr-21-2015 | Article

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has released its annual assessment of the global arms trade, and the United States once again has the dubious distinction on coming in at the number-one spot. For the period covering 2010 to 2014, the U.S. accounted for 31 percent of global arms sales, followed by Russia at 27 percent. The next largest exporters — China, (5%), France (5%), Germany (5%) and the United Kingdom (4%) — lagged far behind... Read More »

The Price of Peace: Why War is Bad for People, but Good for Business

By William D. Hartung

Apr-20-2015 | Article

A reduction of tensions in the Middle East could be bad news for Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest arms-producing corporation... Read More »

Putin’s Threats: How Should the U.S. React?

By Melvin A. Goodman

Apr-18-2015 | Letter

Isn’t it time to recognize the “existential” importance of Ukraine to Russia to prevent a worsening of the crisis and to assure continued cooperation in the arms control arena as well as conflicts in the third world... Read More »

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