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Research and Reports

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From ideation and strategy development to execution



To address high-level corruption that generates yearly $2 trillion in losses to populations, public procurement fraud that generates $1 trillion in losses to states, and aggressive tax optimization that extracts over $1 trillion annually from the most vulnerable states and communities, I am currently working on:

  1. Identifying Anti-Corruption Loopholes: Analyzing national and international anti-corruption legislation for weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

2. Drafting Legislative Improvements: Proposing specific revisions to enhance anti-corruption performance. This includes:

  • a) Incentivizing Corruption Investigations: Creating financial incentives (a percentage of identified corruption offenses and recovered assets) for employees of corruption investigation agencies and independent investigative journalists/investigators.

  • b) Supporting Victims of Corruption: Developing a framework to provide remedies for individuals and communities harmed by corruption, emphasizing the potential for significant impact.

3. Exposing Professional Enablers: Documenting the involvement of lawyers, consultants, accountants, and bankers in facilitating corruption. This includes investigating cross-border structures, state capture techniques, bribery schemes (e.g., misuse of consulting contracts), fraud, and human rights abuses.


4. Strengthening Financial Integrity for Sustainable Development: Developing a legislative and operational framework to combat illicit financial flows.


5. Fostering Civil Society Engagement: Proposing the formation of anti-corruption working groups to mobilize civil society efforts.

To achieve the above goals, developed pro-bono the following research reports, impact studies, systemic risk assessments, strategies and innovative solutions. Will advocate for their adoption into UN anti-corruption and human rights legislation.

10 Unaddressed Corruption Risks: A Barrier to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Diana Radoane, CFE - version 1:






There's widespread misunderstanding about the true meaning of the SDGs and Agenda 2030. These misconceptions, sometimes even among intellectuals, may be strategically fueled by vested interests seeking to undermine progress and keep their exploitative systems in place.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) means: reducing poverty, hunger, ensuring decent work and economic opportunity for all, tackling climate change (including air polution that affects us all), etc. not some conspiracy theory about the enslavement of the human race.

To achieve the SDGs, I developed a new, holistic approach that focuses on tackling the root cause of underfunding: Corruption.

Additionally, it establishes robust safeguards to minimize risks throughout the entire funding process, to ensure resources are ethically sourced and used to directly benefit the intended goals.

Addressing Illicit Financial Flows for SDG Achievement

Currently, Illicit Financial Flows (IIFs) cause staggering losses:

  • $2 trillion lost to CORRUPTION annually

  • $1 trillion lost to AGGRESSIVE TAX EVASION

  • $1.5 trillion lost to FRAUDULENT PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

  • 10% of the world's wealth (10% of $105 trillion global GDP) is hidden offshore, stemming from corruption, tax evasion, and human rights abuses.

These illicit flows represent a massive drain on the estimated $5-7 trillion annually needed to achieve the SDGs, including food security, infrastructure, health, and education.

This massive loss of potential funding highlights the urgent need for a comprehensive anti-corruption strategy like the one I've developed.

The current pursuit of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) faces two key challenges.

First, I identified there's THE RISK of focusing solely on middle-class taxation to fund SDGs and green initiatives, overlooking the significantly larger potential source of funding: tackling the estimated $4.5 trillion lost annually to corruption and tax dodging. This risk is already happening.

Second, there's a concern/RISK that even if funds are gathered from any source, they could be misdirected towards entities with vested interests in "green businesses," creating monopolies and benefiting corrupt groups instead of truly serving the SDGs. This risk is already happening.

Businesses should hold Accountable all executives, staff and board members that foster or tolerate illicit financial flows in the name of their businesses.


Risk 1: Instead of tackling the massive losses from corruption and tax evasion (estimated at $4.5 trillion annually), the burden falls on the middle class through increased taxes and/or reduced /low quality public services. We already see this in practice.

Proposed Solution: Prioritize recovering these illicit financial flows by strengthening anti-corruption measures like mandatory human rights reporting in ESG for publicly listed corporations and reforming public procurement processes, as extensivley detailed in this report.

Risk 2. Captured Sustainability Efforts.  Money redirected from the middle class disproportionately benefit corrupt interests involved in so-called "green businesses."

Even with funding, corruption can undermine SDG efforts.

Proposed Solution: Implement transparent funding allocation mechanisms for sustainability initiatives. Prioritize independent oversight and public participation to ensure funds are directed towards legitimate projects, not captured by corrupt individuals.

Fairer taxation systems that target tax havens and wealthy individuals who benefit most from the current economic structures not the middle class.

Green investments/businesses as opportunities to create new jobs and stimulate the middle class, as opposed to a monopoly enriching corrupt groups.

Increased transparency and public oversight can prevent funding from falling into the wrong hands.

Focus on Inclusivity:  Policies that promote green businesses and initiatives that benefit all levels of society, not just special interests.

It's crucial to move beyond GDP as the sole indicator of a nation's PROSPERITY, as the GDP fails to capture essential factors like human well-being, environmental sustainability, and the value generated by the informal economy.


A comprehensive set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offers a much better metric for the overall well-being of people and the planet.

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