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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?

Do not restrict the fight against corruption to prosecution of senior officials involved in graft; instead fight corruption at all relevant levels. Deal with corruption politically and head-on, rather than through the finance of political competition.

Making the “frying of big fish“ the ultimate measure of success in the fight against corruption strategically sets up the campaign to fail from the start. The prosecution of senior officials (especially top politicians) involved in graft has  been rare even in developed democracies and, when achieved, it is at considerable political costs, which are mitigated by mature governance institutions. For Africa, we need to set new benchmarks of what success looks like in the fight against corruption.

Mobilization of resources to finance political competition has proved problematic and has had the effect of corrupting important political processes. Political campaign finance is a challenge even in mature democracies. In nascent democracies, it can become a crisis because sometimes egregious corruption finances politics. We need to address this head on – politically first.

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