Fighting Corruption In Developping Countries


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Sep 9, 2010
Fighting corruption in developping countries
Brussels, Belgium – Corruption is endemic in the developing world and is so prevalent it often goes unnoticed, according to Word Bank Group Vice-President for External Affairs Caroline Anstey. "Silent corruption can be a daily fact of life from the moment of birth when the birth certificate requires a bribe," she said. "Some of the corruption that is going unrecognised every day is the corruption that hits people."

For instance, 50% of drugs in Nigeria are useless and in Uganda, 27% of teachers don’t turn up. Anstey’s call for more transparency to fight corruption was echoed by Warren Krafchik, Director, International Budget Partnership, who pointed out that transparency can be achieved easily and at low cost.

"All we have to do is get these governments to push the button, put the information up on the Internet and make the information available to citizens," he said, adding that good budget transparency means the quality of government expenditure tends to increase together with the quality of government services. He also called upon civil society organisations to work together with audit institutions on the grounds that they are able to play a significant role in increasing accountability.

Calling on countries to sign up to the UN Convention Against Corruption, Executive Director of Transparency International, Zambia, Goodwell Lungu, said that people were "not only becoming accustomed to corruption, they adapt to corruption".

Referring to alleged corruption in Zambia concerning the receipt of EU funds, MEP Eva Joly, President of the European Parliament’s Development Committee, told the audience it was up to donors to be more demanding. Joly, a former judge, said: "The problem is how to find people of integrity."

Describing transparency in EU aid distribution Koos Richelle, Director General of the European commission’s EuropeAid Cooperation Office said: "We try to go on record in a transparent way to make sure that the population knows that is going on." One of the examples he gave was the Kimberley Process on diamond certification which he said has proved effective.

"Good governance cannot be imposed from outside, according to Anstey. "It has to be imposed from inside with the help of donors. You can devise the most sophisticated systems to track money but if the political will doesn’t exist inside the government it isn’t going to work. Anstey said the approach of the World Bank is to make sure no money flows until aid reaches the poor.

She said the Bank is using simple technology including SMS messages from people on the ground so that it can get feedback about aid arriving.

Panelists were participating in a session, Better Service Delivery Through Improved Governance, at European Development Days.

Hii ni kutoka European Development Days 2010.

No one will come and take us out of this mess but us alone, hawa mabwana wakubwa wanaotoa hela zao kwa hizi nchi zetu wanajua kuna uchakachuaji unafanyika huku ila bila sisi tunaoona ulaji wa hizi hela za miradi kupiga kelele hawa mafisadi wataendelea kula nchi tukiona hivihivi. lets start doing every thing we can to expose all dirty things goin on in any way possible.

Toa taarifa ya maudhui yasiyofaa!

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