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Testing and evidencing the effectiveness of beneficial ownership checks: Investigating the laundering of monies and reputations by African and Central Asian elites

IATI Identifier: US-EIN-26-0126537-gi-ace-1-8

Published on IATI
  • date_range Jan 01, 2019 - Sep 30, 2021
  • autorenew Closed (Status)

The project will assess the effectiveness of the international Anti-Money Laundering regime with respect to banking, real estate purchases, and charitable investments via anonymous shell companies. It builds on earlier research by the team and our extensive links to global civil society, international organizations and regulators including in Africa and Central Asia. In particular, it will focus on laundering by elites of six to-be-determined Central Asian and African states (e.g. Nigeria, Malawi, Kenya, Mozambique, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan). Methodologically, it will combine a field experiment of banking, the building of a database of overseas real estate purchases, and qualitative case studies of international reputation laundering via charitable foundations. The project is both a theory-testing and data gathering exercise which will provide agenda-setting evidence of the (in)effectiveness of beneficial ownership checks in banking, create a database of international real estate purchases via unexplained wealth, and assess due diligence by international institutions and charities.

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Participating Organisations

University of Exeter Academic, Training and Research Implementing
Global Integrity International NGO Accountable
UK - Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Government Funding


Transaction Value Provider
Type Date
159,500 GBP Global Integrity University of Exeter Disbursement
date_range Mar 04, 2021
27,944 GBP Global Integrity University of Exeter Disbursement
date_range Jan 10, 2020
46,244 GBP Global Integrity University of Exeter Disbursement
date_range Aug 19, 2019
86,925 GBP Global Integrity University of Exeter Disbursement
date_range Apr 10, 2019
320,613 GBP Provider N/A Receiver N/A Incoming Funds
date_range Jan 01, 2019


459,836 USD
  • 115,901 GBP (Valued at Jan 01, 2019)
    date_range Jan 01, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019
  • 115,901 GBP (Valued at Jan 01, 2020)
    date_range Jan 01, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020
  • 115,901 GBP (Valued at Jan 01, 2021)
    date_range Jan 01, 2021 - Sep 30, 2021
access_time Updated on Sep 07, 2023 20:19:29