Opinion: Anti-Corruption Policies are Hurting the World’s Poorest

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It is a commonplace that corruption is the major stumbling block to aid effectiveness: in the U.S., the average response to the question “how much aid ends up in the pocket of corrupt officials?” is 60 percent, while in the UK, more than half of people surveyed said corruption is the single most important reason why poor countries stay poor. Development agencies treat corruption as a problem they can measure and improve through tighter control and centralized delivery. But we can’t really measure corruption, and our fear of the threat or perception of corruption drives responses that are detrimental to aid effectiveness and, consequently, hurt the world’s poorest people. Read more here.

Source: Devex

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