Daniel Halliday
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What can be done about government corruption?
It is a problem that affects most countries in the world to varying degrees, what can be done about corruption?
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Tougher sanctions need to be applied to perpetrators both internationally and nationally
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Harsher sanctions won’t help, merit based or financial incentives
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Technology is inevitably slowly tackling corruption
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Tougher sanctions need to be applied to perpetrators both internationally and nationally

Due to the interconnected nature of corrupt organisations, and the allowances they create for widespread low level corruption further down the misconduct hierarchy, the only way to tackle corruption is as a whole. With that in mind, sanctions need to be applied across the board, internationally and at all levels. Organisations with a low level of corruption need to take the lead on this, and whistleblowers need to be accommodated, with tougher sanctions imposed wherever corruption may appear.

As a result of the interconnected nature of corruption, efforts to confront corruption need to be made universally by politicians, government officials, communities, citizens, the private sector and civil organisations. The World Bank Group is one such organisation, attempting to do this by setting up a corruption review and sanction system. This system scrutinises and assesses all individuals and organisations funded by or working with the World Bank. Information on sanctioned companies is then passed on to the governments of the guilty companies in efforts to form a cohesive front against corruption.

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Due to the interconnected nature of corrupt organisations, and the allowances they create for widespread low level corruption further down the misconduct hierarchy, the only way to tackle corruption is as a whole. With that in mind, sanctions need to be applied across the board, internationally and at all levels. Organisations with a low level of corruption need to take the lead on this, and whistleblowers need to be accommodated, with tougher sanctions imposed wherever corruption may appear.
Harsher sanctions won’t help, merit based or financial incentives

Sanctions address corruption like a bandaid addresses a gun shot, they are too little too late. As corrupt activities are sanctioned the corrupt activity will be contorted or hidden to avoid sanctions, as history has demonstrated time and time again. Merit based incentives for conducting yourself in the right manner, coupled with vigilance, would be a much more effective model.

Sanctions rarely affect those who they target, as those with power can often work around economic restrictions or financially support themselves to remain unaffected. However the economic burden of sanctions can trickle down and affect the most financially vulnerable in society. Merit based and direct or indirect financial incentives to improve transparency and fight corruption would be more effective for example investment or aid with transparency conditions written into the contracts.

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Sanctions rarely affect those who they target, as those with power can often work around economic restrictions or financially support themselves to remain unaffected. However the economic burden of sanctions can trickle down and affect the most financially vulnerable in society. Merit based and direct or indirect financial incentives to improve transparency and fight corruption would be more effective for example investment or aid with transparency conditions written into the contracts.
Technology is inevitably slowly tackling corruption

Corruption exists in various forms and to various degrees in every country in the world. The internet is increasingly enabling citizens to first shed light on corruption, to which harsher policies and punishments now need to be put into place to deal with it accordingly. Greater transparency will beat corruption and internet technology is doing exactly that, technology is one current method people are using to increase the transparency in society.

Websites such as ipaidabribe.com, created by Indian entrepreneur Shaffi Mather, is a web based platform were people can report instances of bribery. This solution's bottom up approach is an important tool that sheds light on corruption problems, and gives users the option to share reports on social media to spend the message further. This service would also allow those in power to have case by case guideline of how and where to stop low level corruption.

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Corruption exists in various forms and to various degrees in every country in the world. The internet is increasingly enabling citizens to first shed light on corruption, to which harsher policies and punishments now need to be put into place to deal with it accordingly. Greater transparency will beat corruption and internet technology is doing exactly that, technology is one current method people are using to increase the transparency in society.
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