Transparency International has published their 2005 Corruption Perception Index. The report claims that corruption remains rampant in 70 countries and that most of the world’s least developed nations bear the double burden of poverty and corruption.
Governance expert Daniel Kaufman takes us back to the basics and addresses 10 prevailing ‘myths’ of this sensitive and misunderstood topic. To select three at random:
- Governance and anticorruption are one and the same
- Governance is a luxury that only rich countries can afford
- Donors can “ringfence” projects in highly corrupt countries and sectors
More on WBI's governance and anticorruption program.
The New York Times reports on a disturbing practice in Indian hospitals:
Just as the painful ordeal of childbirth finally ended and Nesam Velankanni waited for a nurse to lay her squalling newborn on her chest, the maternity hospital's ritual of extortion began. Before she even glimpsed her baby, she said, a nurse whisked the infant away and an attendant demanded a bribe. If you want to see your child, families are told, the price is $12 for a boy and $7 for a girl.
The New York Times reports that corruption has become commonplace in Russia:
Bribes [are] an unavoidable cost of doing business in Russia today. ‘If you want to be competitive you have to play the game,’ he said… ‘It used to be called bribery,’ he added. ‘Now it is just called business.’
And the trend appears to be on the rise:
Milton Freidman claimed that “the business of business is business.” In the latest issue of the McKinsey Quarterly, Ian Davis disagrees. He also speaks out against what he calls the “fuzzy” arguments of corporate social responsibility. He writes from somewhere in between these two “tired ideological positions” :