Belize is the newest exporter of oil to the United States, a development that is starting to upend this small country of 280,000 people… [Despite] the formation in December of a government petroleum advisory board, there is considerable skepticism throughout Belize that the country can develop its oil resources without the corruption and environmental damage that afflict other poor oil-producing countries.
Transparency International has released their Global Corruption Report 2006. This year’s edition has a special focus on corruption and health.
Some hopeful and some less hopeful stories from Jon Snow, writing in the Guardian earlier this month. He describes a malaria net factory in Arusha:
The man seated next to me my first time at Tomsed was composing a message by the hunt and peck method. He pressed one letter on the keyboard, searched for the next, pressed that one, and so on. It was his one-fingered technique that attracted my attention, but when my eye alighted- not entirely accidentally- on his text, I caught my breath. The man was composing a 419 letter. A real-live scam artist sitting next to me.
Jeffrey Sachs on ‘Who beats corruption?’ Nothing terribly new, but nice and short. Some of you may enjoy.
How does bribery affect public service delivery? That is the question that Daniel Kaufmann, Judit Montoriol-Garriga and Francesca Recanatini ask in their most recent paper:
There are two prices in Banda Aceh—the price charged to locals, and that reserved for foreigners. Or as some around here put it the “blue-eyed price” and the “brown-eyed price."
I had heard before coming out that Banda is something of a bubble economy these days from all the local and international organizations and NGOs falling over each other in a rush to spend the big bucks. I didn’t realize then to what extent that’s true, and how much it’s distorting the local economy and perceptions of the people as to the budget limitations some organizations, including IFC, have.