Curbing Illicit Financial Flows from Resource-rich Developing Countries

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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 requires developing countries to mobilize greater domestic resources to finance and implement the Goals. A promising avenue to strengthen their tax base is to effectively reduce illicit financial flows (IFFs). Yet, there is a significant lack of rigorous scientific studies on IFFs.

The project seeks to improve our understanding of commodity trade-related IFFs, and to design and promote ways to effectively address this under-researched phenomenon both from a scientific and policy perspective. The project addresses the following research questions:

  1. How to complement existing data and strengthen methodological approaches to get precise IFF estimates?
  2. What are the main incentives and regulatory issues involved in trade-related IFFs?
  3. What are the roles, responsibilities and capacities of key stakeholders along the value chain to effectively curb IFFs?
  4. What are the most promising policy responses and what kind of cooperation frameworks should be strengthened or established at the national, regional and global levels to effectively address commodity trade-related IFFs?

Phase one of the project (2017 – 2020) will create an analytical framework applied to two resource-rich developing countries (Ghana and Laos) in relation to two of the world’s largest commodity trading hubs (Geneva/Switzerland and London/UK). In a second phase (2020 – 2023), this research will expand to other contexts: two upper-middle income countries (Peru and South Africa), a post-conflict country (Sierra Leone), and regional grouping (ASEAN).

Contact: Fritz Brugger

Partners:Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern; University of Ghana, Accra; National Economic Research Institute, Ventiane, Laos

Funding: Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development  



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