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Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2000-2009

A January 2011 Report from Global Financial Integrity

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PDF Download Executive Summary (44 KB)

PDF Download Abstract (36 KB)

PDF Download Foreward by Raymond Baker (172 KB)


Media Resources

Press Release: Developing Countries Lost $6.5 trillion from 2000-2008 to Crime, Corruption, and Trade Mispricing, New Report Out Today (January 18, 2011)


PDF Download Media Tip-Sheet for Report (172 KB)



In the spirit of transparency, we're sharing with the public all of the data used to compile this report. Our hope is that sharing this data will allow others to build upon our research.


Our database and calculations are liscenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


For questions regarding the data sets, contact Karly Curcio at (202) 293-0740 ext. 232.




All Data from the Report (.ZIP)


All Appendices from the Report (.ZIP)


All Tables from the Report (.ZIP)


PDF Total Non-Normalized IFF Data by Country by Year, 2000-2008


PDF Total Normalized IFF Data by Country by Year, 2000-2008


* Please reference the digital version of the full report for complete source information on each appendix.


About Illicit Financial Flows

The term, illicit financial flows, pertains to the cross-border movement of money that is illegally earned, transferred, or utilized. Illicit financial flows generally involve the transfer of money earned through illegal activities such as corruption, transactions involving contraband goods, criminal activities, and efforts to shelter wealth from a country's tax authorities.


Policy Implications

Implications for Economic Development Policy: The illicit outflows measured in this report are approximately 10 times the amount of official development assistance (ODA) going into developing countries. The ratio of illicit financial flows coming out of developing countries compared to ODA is 10-1, meaning that for every $1 in economic development assistance which goes into a developing country, $10 is lost via these illicit outflows.



Policy Recommendations

Increasing transparency in the global financial system is critical to reducing the outflow of illicit money from developing countries.


Recommendations for achieving greater transparency:





GFI Director Raymond Baker Explains Illicit Financial Flows and their Impact on Development





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