What IS Corruption
â€¢ Corruption is operationally defined as the misuse of entrusted power for private gain.
â€¢ Corruption sabotages policies and programs that aim to reduce poverty, So attacking Corruption is critical to poverty reduction.
â€¢ Corruption occurs when organizations or individuals profit improperly through their position in an activity and thereby cause damage or lose
â€¢ The community trusts public officials to perform their duties with honesty and in the best interest of the public. Corruption involves breaching public trust.
â€¢ Corruption involves the dishonest or preferential use of power being position which has the result of one person or organization being advantaged over another.
Where Corruption thrives?
Corruption can be found in all countries but is particularly widespread in societies where the legal system, mass media and the public administration are weak and undeveloped. Corruption thrives whereâ€¦
1. Temptation coexists with permissiveness.
2. Institutional checks on power are missing.
3. Decision making remains obscure.
4. Civil society is thin on the ground.
5. Great inequalities in the distribution of wealth condemn people to live in poverty.
6. Concepts like public procurement procedures are ignored.
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By the people, of the people, to the people
Fighting corruption is not just law enforcement. Rather it is a reappraisal of the way we think and the way we act. No anti-corruption drive can succeed or survive without active support or participation of the people. And that means an awareness of rights and remedies against violation of rights, an attitude of not participating in or tolerating in or tolerating corruption in any form, and practice of standing against corruption in every way.
The 3Rs of Fighting Corruption
REFRAIN - Do not participate in corruption
RESIST - Resist corruption wherever and whenever detected
REPORT - If all fails, report to the authorities