INTERNATIONAL aid programmes are often regarded as a soft touch by criminals, who try to plunder their fat budgets, thinking that they are controlled by well-meaning innocents. Not so the World Bank; it has been investigating fraud in its development projects for years and it is getting tougher. Keith Nuthall reports.

WHEN Dutchman Maarten de Jong has settled into his new job as the head of the World Bank's newly created anti-corruption department, he will be pleased that he does not have to start from scratch. Far from it, the World ...

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