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On a hot dry day in June, a woman in her early 40s is getting ready for journey to a nearby town. She is excited even though she will walk more than three hours on foot—she is going to meet with a government loan officer to try to get the money she needs to buy fertilizer and other supplies for her farm. She needs to grow and sell enough crops to pay for her son to continue school for the next year.
She gets a mug of water from a bucket to put out the open wood fire that she uses to cook meals for her family. Then she pulls her slippers from the thatched roof and leaves her hut.
As she walks, she feels hopeful. She believes this loan will change her family’s future. For the past 6 months, she has made numerous trips to this office because the government official had told her that before her application could be considered, the paperwork must be accurate and complete.
She arrives and waits for 2 hours in a long line. Finally, she meets with a loan officer who takes her application and puts it on his desk. He stands up and asks her to follow him. In a corner, he tells her that the application can only be considered if she pays him 1000 in local currency. Before she can respond, the officer declares that the application will only be approved if she agrees to pay him 10% of the loan as bribe.
She leaves the building frustrated, thinking she would be better off taking loan with high interest rate from a local landlord.
This is a fictional story, but corruption affects the daily lives of women and men around the world.
Does corruption affect your daily life? We want to hear from you.
We will curate your responses, share them in future blog posts, and feature them on our social media channels. We will also use your responses to shape our Google Hangout session on December 15. Stay tuned for more details.
For example, if you see a bridge that hasn’t been fully constructed, take a picture and post on social media with hashtag #takeon #corruption. Or if you see a sign or poster that says you shouldn’t give bribe to officials, share a picture of it on social media with hashtags: #goodgov or #takeon #corruption
Good governance can prevent corruption.
If you have ideas on how each of us can promote #goodgov or #takeon #corruption in our own communities, send us an Instagram video with these hashtags: #goodgov #takeon #corruption.
You can also help raise awareness about good governance and corruption prevention efforts by reading and sharing our stories on @Gov4Dev.
Are there other things we can do to raise awareness or encourage people to #takeon #corruption or promote #goodgov? Tell us in the comments!