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Making Trasparency Possible


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"There is a growing global consensus that the secrecy -havens -jurisdictions which undermine global standards for corporate and financial transparency - pose a global problem: they facilitate both money laundering and tax avoidance and evasion, contributing to crime and unacceptable high levels of global wealth inequality" 

- Joseph E. Stiglitz and Mark Pieth

We seek to encourage investigative journalists and others to collaborate across borders to critically examine transparency in financial markets, economics, law and practice.

Understanding the phenomenon of illicit financial flows requires input from several disciplines including law, finance, accounting and economics. However, much of what is known about illicit financial flows is thanks to whistle-blowers, civil society organisations and investigative journalists.

In this course, you will learn about complex financial data, interpreting the economy of transactions, understand more about why and how legal frameworks may or may not deal with secrecy mechanisms, and understand more about aggressive tax planning, tax evasions, law, accounting and journalism and explore how to interpret and understand complex information on finance and financial transactions, including the workings of intricate global networks of businesses and webs of ownerships, including those registered in tax havens.

This is important for our societies because each year local and national economies throughout the world lose billions of dollars through so-called illicit financial flows. Conservative estimates indicate that over a billion dollars are diverted illegitimately out of countries in the Southern Hemisphere every year. This diversion of revenue reinforces poverty while facilitating the concentration of power in the hands of a select few through corruption and abuse of authority. This is a hinder for a democratic development.

About the course

In this course, you will learn about complex financial data, interpreting the economy of transactions, understand more about why and how legal frameworks may or may not deal with secrecy mechanisms, and understand more about aggressive tax planning, tax evasions, law, accounting and journalism and explore how to interpret and understand complex information on finance and financial transactions, including the workings of intricate global networks of businesses and webs of ownerships, including those registered in tax havens.

Anyone who has finished a Bachelor’s degree with an average grade of C or better are able to sign up for the course with assignments and exams.

The course is open for all. At the same time, this course is also integrated with the Master Programme in Investigative Journalism at Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway. This means that you can take this course in two different ways.

The course is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the global networks of journalists that are helping reveal corruption, illicit financial flows and tax avoidance. In this case, there is no fee to take the course nor certificate at the end of the course. The course is simply a resource of texts, videos etc. that anyone can draw on for self-learning or perhaps use in other educational activities.

It is possible to take the full course signing up for an individual course in the masters in journalism at OsloMet. You can read more and apply for admission at Oslo Metropolitan University. https://www.oslomet.no/en/

Editors in chief

Roy Krøvel

Roy Krøvel is a professor of journalism at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University and coordinates the research project Making Transparency Possible financed by The Research Council of Norway. He also heads the research group Media, War and Conflict at Oslo Metropolitan University. Krøvel is a civil engineer and holds a PhD in History.

Mona Thowsen

Mona Thowsen is the secretary general of Publish What You Pay Norway (PWYP Norway), is a specialized organisation that seeks to hinder illicit financial flows in the extractive industries through special investigations, public dialogue and promote realistic policy proposals to governments. It is the Norwegian chapter of the international Publish What You Pay network with over 700 member organisations worldwide. She holds a master in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on illigal drug trafic and the effect on institutions.

Media Editor

Emma Vestli

Masters degree in Media Studies from The University of Oslo. E-learning advisor and media producer at Oslo Metropolitan University. Working with current and forthcoming projects at bokskapet.oslomet.no

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