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Financing of Organised Crime

The financing of organised crime is a horizontal issue for all criminal markets, although it rarely falls in the focus of law enforcement agencies. Accessing capital is an important constraint for criminals when they seek to become big players in illicit markets for goods and services. Enhancing the knowledge of the financing of organised crime is an indispensable component of more effective and smarter approaches to prevention and investigation. more »

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  CSD Thematic Areas for 2015
In 2015 CSD continues to focus on unfinished domestic reforms and international challenges to the country. more »

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China’s Anti-Corruption Drive
Viewed by the current leadership as a major threat to the country’s social and economic development, corruption remains one of China’s most pressing concerns. To discuss the scope and complexity of the Chinese anti-corruption campaign and its results and outcomes, on 25 June 2015 the Center for the Study of Democracy hosted a delegation from the China Center for Contemporary World Studies (CCCWS) for the third time. more »

Improving identification and assistance, and avoiding stigmatization on child trafficking among vulnerable Roma communities
Trafficking in children and the three forms of exploitation that they most often fall victim to: begging, pickpocketing and sexual exploitation of boys have remained outside the focus of policy and research agenda. Furthermore, despite being overwhelmingly represented in all forms of trafficking the Roma remain isolated and stigmatized and there is a lack of understanding of the multiple vulnerability factors that affect them. more »

New policy evaluation tool for monitoring anticorruption enforcement
That it is the enforcement of anticorruption policies which needs to be prioritised is now de rigueur in the anticorruption community. This received wisdom, however, has not been followed up by the development of advanced tools for monitoring this enforcement. Both policies and measurements of corruption have remained at the general societal level, with little focus on specific loci, actors or circumstances. In order to upgrade its effectiveness, the anticorruption effort needs to concentrate on the most appropriate level – the individual public organisation. more »

Monitoring Anticorruption Policy Implementation: Methodology and First Steps
The Monitoring Anticorruption Policy Implementation (MACPI) supplies evaluators and policy makers with a precision instrument for assessing the design and impact of anticorruption policies at the point of their actual enforcement – the individual public organisation. MACPI is capable of identifying the specific zones of corruption vulnerability in public organisations and assessing the policies that target these vulnerabilities. more »


Competitiveness Landscape of Bulgaria 2014-2015

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In its annual report, the Center for the Study of Democracy indicated a record-high level of corruption, with 29.3 percent of the adult population (1.9 million citizens) reporting experiencing corruption when dealing with the government. This figure stood in sharp contrast with the results reported by enforcement authorities.

US Department of State, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 - Bulgaria, 25 June 2015 

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"It is clear that the work of non-governmental organisations and research institutions active in the area of the fight against organised crime and corruption is essential for the pursuit of informed and evidence-based policies. And the development of methods of evaluating policy effectiveness like MACPI are extremely important in this respect".

Ms. Anabela Gago, Head of Organised Crime Unit, Directorate-General "Migration and Home Affairs", European Commission at the Policy Forum: Monitoring Anti-Corruption Enforcement, 12 June 2015

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