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TIPS Newsletter | October 2020

Dear TIPS Member,

The TIPS Network is delighted to announce its inaugural Careers Panel on 25 November 2020. This will give TIPS members an opportunity to reflect on their career paths to date and to inspire current students to consider a broader range of opportunities following graduation. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Adam Bakran, TIPS Outreach Lead at In other news:

  • Exporting Corruption. Transparency International has published its latest report titled ‘Exporting Corruption’, an independent assessment of the enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention. We recommend that you read the full report.

  • Friends of TI. TI-UK has launched its Friends of TI initiative, which offers access to exclusive TI-UK content and programme engagement as well as an opportunity to support TI-UK through annual subscriptions. Until November 9th, TI-UK is offering a first-year discount exclusively to TIPS members, £80 for professional & £25 for students. Register here. Please contact Amirah Houry of TI-UK at for further details.

Please see below the TIPS Newsletter for October 2020. We look forward to seeing you (online) soon.

- the TIPS team


1. Upcoming Events (register on our Events page)

TIPS Virtual Careers Panel | 25 November 2020 | 6.30-7.45pm GMT

TIPS November Virtual Drinks | 30 November 2020 | 7-8pm GMT

The 24-Hour Conference on Global Organised Crime | 10 Nov 2020 | All day

Tom Burgis on his new book Kleptopia | 19 Nov 2020 | 10-11pm GMT

2. Recent Events

TIPS Virtual Talk | Summary

On 26 October 2020, more than 20 TIPS members attended a thought provoking problem solving discussion led by Sarah-Jayne Clifton and Tim Jones of the Jubilee Debt Campaign. They give insight into the Mozambique “tuna bond” scandal, and set out Jubilee Debt Campaign’s proposal for a legal shift to incentivise the public disclosure of sovereign lending. Many thanks to Sarah-Jayne and Tim for facilitating a really engaging session!

3. One Minute Reads

New One Minute Reads have been uploaded to the TIPS website. Please do click the link to read more – perfect for your morning/evening WFH coffee break!

4. Items of Interest

TI blogs.

- Journalistic freedom is under threat in Southern Africa as journalists try to report on COVID and corruption. See here.

- A focus on the role of shell companies in facilitating global corruption. See here.

- Transparency, accountability and respect key to protecting indigenous heritage and culture from mining. See here.


- Bribe Swindle or Steal. An Al Jazeera investigation into Cypriot ‘golden passports’. Listen here.

- Global Initiative Against Transnational Crime. Three man, a boat and US sanctions: links to shell companies and a Libyan criminal network. Listen here.

- Trump, Inc. Examining a large loan from Freddie Mac to Jared Kushner’s real estate firm. Listen here.

News items.

- SFO prosecutes its first successful Unexplained Wealth Order case. See here.

- US DOJ finalises $2.9bn settlement with Goldman Sachs relating to the 1MBD corruption scandal in Malaysia. See here.

- Maldives former VP sentenced to 20 years for corruption, including laundering over $1m through leasing an island for a tourist resort. See here.

- Sierra Leone’s former president Ernest Bai Koroma is in stand-off with anti-corruption authorities, who are attempting to bring him before a court. See here.

Other items.

- Spotlight on Corruption. The need for the UK to debar corrupt companies from public procurement. See here.

- RUSI is launching a global survey on cryptocurrency risk and compliance. See here.

- Global Integrity are leading #Account4Covid, an online conversation about accountability in COVID response financing in Africa. See here and here.

- Blog. To fight corruption, private and public sectors must double down on digitisation. See here.

- The World Economic Forum has published a report on ESG trends, developed in conversation with 120 global CEOs. See here.

TI-UK press release. FinCEN files – more stark evidence of the UK’s role in global money laundering. See here.

TI-UK blogs.

- How FinCEN files highlight the UK’s outdated corporate liability regime. See here.

- What the FinCEN files tell us about the UK’s role in money laundering. See here.

- How dirty money is embedding in the UK – TI-UK video animation. See here.

- A year in the first against corruption. See here.

- What is the cost of poor procurement practice – looking at Open Contracting in Uganda. See here.

5. Jobs Board

- Advocacy and research coordinator, Transparency International Ireland (Dublin, Ireland). See here.

- Communications Intern (remote but US timezone), Global Witness, Washington DC, US. See here

- 2021 Graduate Scheme, forensic & litigation consulting, FTI Consulting, London. See here.

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