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Submitted by ivo njosa on
I am shocked about this article. You mean it is only now that donors are realizing this issue? This is nothing new to Africans. As a matter of fact, this report does not begin to scratch the surface. Sometimes one gets the feeling that donors know there is corruption but that it is limited to a few areas. No. no no.!!! Corruption exists in almost every faucet of African society. People are resigned to thinking that this is the norm. I am not sure if there is a political will to change this since public officials would have to limit themselves to their salaries. People join the government in developed countries as a service but public office is seen as the fastest way to get rich in many developing countries. As the everyday folks have understood how corrupt their leaders are, they too have decided to get their share. They are emboldened by the fact that the political leaders do not have the moral authority to stop it. It is even normal for these political leaders to give bribes or "encouragement fee" as they are called, to get some documents to move faster. This is not necessarily because they have to. But they have understood that, this is what it takes to move things faster when they control the issue. For instance, to get a passport faster, a high ranking official could send a note on his behalf to passport officials but with a little "thank you" token amount as well. Else, the little passport officials wonder why they are "eating" and he is not! Somehow, I really do not think donor countries understand how serious the issue of corruption is. If donors are serious about development or want the most for their money, they would limit their investments to only transparency and accountability. The rest would take care of itself. The real difference between developed and underdeveloped countries is accountability.