Video: An Overview of Anti-Corruption Efforts in Latin America

Leaders of anticorruption investigations in Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, and Peru talked about lessons learned and the future of efforts against corruption in Latin America today.


  • Eduardo Engel, Professor of Economics, University of Chile; Former Chairman, Presidential Advisory Council on Conflicts of Interest, Influence Peddling, and Corruption in the Bachelet administration
  • Néstor Humberto Martínez, Attorney General, Colombia
  • Rodrigo Janot, Professor, Universidad de los Andes; former Attorney General, Brazil
  • Iván Velásquez, Commissioner, Comisión Internacional contra la Impunidad en Guatemala (CICIG)
  • José Ugaz, Former Chair, Transparency International
  • Shannon K. O’Neil, Vice President, Senior fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations (moderator)

At Americas Quarterly's conference about the fight against corruption in Latin America, leaders heading investigations that cracked down on corruption at the highest levels of government talked about what these operations accomplished in Latin America and the lessons learned in recent years. Although millions of people took to the streets against corruption across the region, as Transparency International's José Ugaz explained, panelists agreed that having an independent judiciary, proper communication, and following the money with the help of external actors are all crucial. The next steps, said panelists, would be working on structural changes with all levels of government and engaging the private sector in better compliance and regulation.