Will the fight against corruption ever be won?

Over the past 30 years, the foremost anxiety for global assistance policy has been to better the lives of the people in the global South. But the effort requires close and collective co-operation of international development partners and national institutions including governments and civil society organizations. Broadly speaking, corruption threating every fabrics of the society globally and it has become a major concern in today’s global development planning including foreign aid policies. According to World Bank 2020 call for paper, corruption is a global problem that requires global solutions (Combating Corruption, World Bank Dec 14, 2020). The national government in particular needs to exact more transparent and objective efforts in the fight against corruption.

In recent time, it appears like the economic situation of any country presents self-explanatory power of the various factors that measures’ corruption. Therefore, and in order for development partners (bilateral, multilateral, etc) to curtail the risk of development aid and or international assistance being misdirected, international aid agencies need to transcend their relationship beyond paper and table conversation.

In order to achieve the core objective of anti-corruption campaign, it is prudent for the anti-corruption campaigners to focus more on practical community engagement. The core objective of the anti-corruption campaign is to promote accountability and transparency which are foundational pillars for development including democratic governance. It obliges the local authorities, private sector and civil society to focus on results, set realistic objectives, robust and effective strategies for monitor, evaluation and reporting on performance while relentlessly inhibiting, combating and sanctioning corruption practices.

Moreover, appropriate measures need to be undertaking for further tackling of the issue of corruption. More focus should be aimed at enhancing civic society organizations and the general public to have commitments and control in the fight against corruption. This can be done through the provision of capacity building for stakeholders including civil society organizations, youth, women, local and traditional chiefs in better performance of their administrative and leadership functions through better coordination and access to adequate information at all levels.

It is additionally cardinal to introduce programs that contribute and reinforce the importance of anti-corruption campaign. This will lead to enhancing democratic governance and will also serve as a pillar for sustaining the anti-corruption efforts.

Some donor institutions are committed in the fight against corruption. But how far has their efforts gone? Ironically, most of the foreign aid institutions have about 45-50% share of the aid they bring situated in the very country they claimed to support. One major unfortunate situation is the anti-corruption campaigners themselves are using the torch light theory of change (an act of pretend of being good but in reason sense you are the worst).

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Hi Francis, The issue you have raised is a thorn in global South, and i don’t think it will be won in the sense that leaders are on the forefront, this is coupled with human right violations. Just recently in my country, the head of State was forced to dismiss the minister of health on the same allegations of corruption. In global South in most cases we hear the opposition camp complaining of corruption, again when this opposition camp comes in power it will be the same thing, in global South it is a continuous process,. “May be Strategic Magic” can win. Your last statement on anti-corruption campaigners speaks volume. Let us keep on speaking out.

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Being a practicing lawyer, I have found by experience that corruption for one is convenience for the other. the issue of corruption can never be taken to a logical conclusion, for various factors and conflicting interests involved therein. the foremost issue is that of defining corruption and implementation of the same by an independent and unbiased institution void of any political interference, else the crusade against corruption will become a means to eradicate opposition. As far as foreign funding for eradication of corruption is concerned, such organisations have limited power and access as against the law yielding State machinery of any sovereign nation. the solution lies to a large extent in transparency in State affairs where information is freely available to its citizens and establishment of accountability norms with an independent institution for its implementation with appropriate limitations to prevent it from going rogue or becoming part of the problem it was meant to solve.