Corruption Youth Essay Winners

These two articles were the second and third place winners in the Corruption category of CIPE's 2011 Youth Essay Contest.

The Cost of Corruptions: A Tale from Indonesia by Riska Mirzalina

Article at a glance:

  • While Indonesia is a land of abundant resources, corruption
    prevents the country as a whole from benefiting from them.
  • The change from a centralized government to a
    decentralized government has not had the desired affect and
    has actually provided more opportunities and alternate paths
    for people to participate in corruption.
  • Entrepreneurs, businesses, and associations must unify in
    their effort against corruption and bribery. The cost of
    not doing so is increased poverty, human suffering, and
Generation Now by Ruth Nyambura

Article at a glance:

  • A large percentage of Kenya’s GDP is used to repay foreign
    aid. Much of the foreign aid is lost or misappropriated due
    to corruption.
  • “Kitu kidogo” is a Kiswahili euphemism for a bribe. Bribes
    are pervasive in all facets of Kenyan life. As a result many
    entrepreneurs are choosing to leave the country, which has a
    negative effect on Kenyan society as a whole.
  • The new generation will bear the brunt of corruption.
    Therefore the youth should refuse any form of corrupt
    practices including cronyism, nepotism and tribalism. By
    utilizing technology and adopting social media platforms
    the youth can fight corruption.


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