Democracy in Action: Combating Corruption

In recognition of the United Nations’ International Anti-corruption Day on December 9, this issue of Democracy in Action focuses on CIPE’s efforts around the world to combat corruption. In many developing countries, corruption feeds ongoing political and economic failures by impeding market development, driving away investment, increasing the cost of doing business, and eroding the legitimacy of law and political leadership. CIPE recognizes that political and economic reforms must be pursued simultaneously if the political, economic, and social dimensions of corruption are to be addressed. Read more about CIPE's approach to combating corruption.

The Fight Against Corruption is Not Over

By Michael Hershman, President & CEO of the Fairfax Group and CIPE Board Member
With the release of the new and re-formulated Transparency International Corruption Perception Index and the beginning of another Anti-Corruption Week, perhaps we should take a moment to reflect on where we have been and what more is left to do. If I were asked what the greatest achievement has been, I would have to say that it has been the public acceptance of the notion that corruption is not an acceptable practice in any society, regardless of the political structure of the government. Read the rest of this article here.

Unpacking Corruption in Pakistan

By Hammad Siddiqui, CIPE Deputy Country Director in Pakistan
Pakistan is considered one of the most corrupt countries in the world.Transparency International’s recent survey ranks the country 134th on the Corruption Perception Index, with only 42 countries scoring worse. It is encouraging that Pakistanis now openly talk about corruption: according to a recent public opinion poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan asking about the most disliked thing in Pakistan, corruption topped in the list at 16 percent. Read the rest of this article here.

Combating Corruption in Transition Countries

By John D. Sullivan, CIPE Executive Director
Transitions of political rule, especially those involving public outcry and uprisings, are highly uncertain processes. Turbulence persisting is the post-revolution Egypt and Tunisia or emerging tensions in Burma illustrate that transition is not a one-off event; instead, it frequently is a long and bumpy road toward meaningful institutional change. Read the rest of this article.

Improving Public Governance: Closing the Implementation Gap Between Law and Practice

By Anna Nadgrodkiewicz, Global Program Officer
To help better understand why implementation gaps happen and how they can be addressed CIPE and Global Integrity launched a new guidebook, Improving Public Governance: Closing the Implementation Gap Between Law and PracticeThe guidebook is based on extensive experience from both organizations’ work with local partners around the world on advancing accountable, transparent, and honest public governance and business environments. Read the rest of this article.

Combatting Corruption Youth Essay Winners

By Riska Mirzalina and Ruth Nyambura
This Economic Reform Feature Service article highlights the final two winning essays from CIPE’s 2011 International Youth Essay Competition. Riska Mirzalina and Ruth Nyambura, the second and third place winners respectively in the Corruption category, discuss how youth in their countries can engage in anti-corruption movements and advocacy to change the status quo. Read the rest of this article.

 

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