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Solution for Fighting Corruption in Developing Countries

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Poorer countries tend to be measurably more corrupt than richer countries. But the debate about causality is still open. Is corruption the single most important reason why many sensible reforms esse ...

Poorer countries tend to be measurably more corrupt than richer countries. But the debate about causality is still open. Is corruption the single most important reason why many sensible reforms essential for economic development fail in developing economies, or does economic development raise demand for fighting corruption?

Use checks and balances within government to fight systemic corruption.

The potential of transparency and defining good practice will not be sufficient for cases where corruption is systemic (where corruption has become the norm, so that political will cannot be counted on). In this case, potential drivers of anticorruption policies have to be detected and supported.


A public counterpart – a congressional committee, a supreme audit authority, independent government agencies – can act as a catalyst. Even within an  nitially corrupted agency, good knowledge about the costs of corruption, improved transparency on the level of corruption, information on good practice, and support for bottom-up demand could create a dynamic public debate for less corruption.

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