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Norway to combat corruption in developing countries

In September Eva Joly will begin in a new position in the Norwegian Development Agency, Norad, where she will be focusing on efforts to combat international corruption within the framework of development co-operation. She goes to her new assignment from the Ministry of Justice, where she has been serving as assistant secretary general responsible for combating corruption and money laundering since May 2002.

15/02/2006 :: Joly will now be focusing on promoting good governance and combating corruption in developing countries. Norway is already heavily involved in anti-corruption efforts in its development co-operation, and Ms Joly will help to further intensify these efforts. Minister of International Development Hilde F. Johnson is pleased that Eva Joly is joining this important fight for good governance and against corruption: “Ms Joly is a valuable resource in the global fight against corruption, particularly in developing countries. We are very happy to have her on our team,” she said.

Acting Director of Norad, Marit Brandtzæg, stresses that Norad’s role in quality assuring Norwegian development assistance will be further enhanced by having a person of Eva Joly’s calibre with us: “Her insight into anti-corruption efforts will be of great value both in connection with administering Norwegian development funds and with advising poor countries that are struggling with widespread corruption. An increasing number of our partner countries are interested in co-operating on improving public financial management, concrete anti-corruption measures and reforms in the justice sector. Norad will also benefit from Eva Joly’s international network,” said Ms Brandtzæg.

Eva Joly, a Norwegian-French magistrate became known in the 1990s for her fight against corruption in France, taking on, among others, former minister Bernard Tapie, the bank Crédit Lyonnais and France’s leading oil company, Elf. In the face of death threats, she carried on the case to uncover several cases of fraud. In 2002, Reader's Digest named her European of the Year.

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