Author Archives: Anna Dawson

Who Would Win the World Cup if it Was Decided By Corruption Perceptions?

Sixteen teams made it through the group stage in the 2014 World Cup to the knockout round and are fighting towards international bragging rights for the next four years. What if, instead of scoring goals to advance, each country won its match-up based on who has the least amount of corruption?

Each year, Transparency International releases its Corruption Perception Index: a country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of corruption on a scale of 0-100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means that it is perceived as very clean.  Based on the Corruption Perception Index, check out which country would come out on top:

Corruption Bracket


Anna Dawson is a Communications Coordinator at CIPE. 

Linking Growth and Governance for Inclusive Development and Effective International Cooperation

FSmarch31Academics and development practitioners have long sought out commonalities of sustainable economic growth in different economies around the world. While there is no one formula for achieving economic growth and stability, inclusive growth and accountable governance have been central components of progress. Effective governance, while not traditionally thought of as part of an international development agenda, has come to be seen as an essential component of international economic development.

In the latest Economic Reform Feature Service article, consultant James Michel explores the complex relationship between good governance and economic development around the world. He looks at the ways in which academics and practical experience shape these two intertwined factors of development.

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Cartoonists Tackle Corruption

Cartoons demonstrate the ways in which visuals transcend language barriers, expressing ideas in a way that words often can’t. For the second year in a row, the U.S. Department of State’s electronic journal (EJ |USA) has featured winning cartoons from CIPE’s  Global Editorial Cartoon Competition.

Last year, EJ |USA featured semi-finalists from the corruption category in its Partnerships Against Corruption issue (shown below). As we celebrate the United Nation’s eighth International Anti-Corruption Day, we are reminded how cartoons show the ways in which combating corruption is universal – regardless of language, culture, or nationality.

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Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao Receives Hernando de Soto Award for Democracy

CIPE honored Dr. Jesus P. Estanislao, former Finance Minister of the Philippines and President of the Institute for Corporate Directors and the Institute for Solidarity in Asia, with its second Hernando de Soto Award for Democracy.

World-famous democracy advocate and president of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy Hernando de  Soto presented the award to Estanislao in Chicago, IL, as part of the Democracy that Delivers for Entrepreneurs conference.

 The Hernando de Soto Award celebrates Estanislao’s lifelong contributions to democracy and economic freedom through improving governance in the public and private sectors and his leadership in guiding the Philippines through the early years of its transition to democracy.

Watch Dr. Estanislao’s remarks at the Hernando de Soto Award reception here.

Bridging the Knowledge Gap

I recently came across the below ad online — part of a series called Google Search stories. The video demonstrates the positive effect that access to information– in this case access to the world wide web– can have on entrepreneurship and business creation in developing countries.

The video tells the story of Kenyan farmer Zack Matere, who noticed that his healthy crop of potatoes was suddenly dying one by one, much to his puzzlement. After riding his bike 12 km to a cyber cafe and doing a Google search for potato pests and diseases, he identified the problem: ants.  The search results offered a simple solution to the problem, which Matere used on his crops once he returned home.  Two months later, the crops had rebounded and he was able to harvest them.  He even used that initial Google search to find a customer for his crops in a neighboring town who paid more than what he was currently getting.

Not only did Matere use the Internet to help save his crops, he also used it to help farmers in rural communities to access information and knowledge necessary for finding solutions to the everyday challenges that they face. After witnessing the powerful effects that the Internet had on his life, Matere needed to help the community see that the Internet and access to information was important and relevant for their lives.  Many farmers cannot afford a mobile phone with Internet access and have to travel long distances to access the Internet in cyber cafes with Internet access that is often down.  To fix this problem, Matere became the link between the Internet and the community.

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Checkmating the Malaise of Corruption in Nigeria

As part of the ongoing efforts to highlight the 2011 CIPE Youth Essay first-place winners, this week’s Economic Reform Feature Service article features the Corruption category first-place winner Chukwunonso Ogbe of Nigeria.

In this essay, Ogbe discusses the widespread effects of corruption in Nigeria and highlights the ways in which Nigerian youth can help combat corruption.  Ogbe tells the stories of Nigerians who encounter different facets of corruption on a daily basis.  Next, Ogbe urges youth to speak out against corruption instead of accepting it as the status quo in Nigeria.

Article at a glance:

  • Evidence suggests that corruption takes on numerous forms and continues to run rampant throughout Nigeria.
  • Corrupt acts have far reaching consequences that can affect all levels of supply and demand.
  • Nigerian youth should use media tools to promote transparency, highlight government projects and ministries that are prone to corruption, and pressure the government to ensure accountability.
  • Youth can help transition Nigerian society away from an “ends justify the means” attitude by engaging in rallies, protests, and boycotts against corrupt private and public sector leaders.

Read more about all the winners or find out more about CIPE’s Youth Essay Contest.