How would you tackle corruption?

November 23, 2021 197 views 1 comment 2 minutes reading time
How would you tackle corruption?

Corruption is endemic in many African countries. The continent scores an average of 32 out of 100 on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), making it the lowest-performing region in the world. This begs the question; why is corruption a big problem across Africa?

Corruption affects almost every aspect of the lives of many across the continent and it compromises the effectiveness and reliability of institutions. Bribery is the most common form of corruption as citizens sometimes have to give a gift or pay an incentive to access basic services.  According to an Afrobarometer survey, citizens in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Uganda think that the police are the most corrupt public institution. In addition, more than 30%Africans believe that most government officials and parliamentarians are corrupt.

What is currently being done to tackle corruption? The African Union Convention on Preventing and Combatting Corruption (AUCPCC) is a roadmap for implementing anti-corruption measures that have been ratified by 44 member states. However, it has not been well implemented in many countries. Furthermore, according to Afrobarometer, about 59% of Africans think their government is doing a bad job at fighting corruption, and 67% fear retaliation if they report it.

What do our readers think? Sala says, “People who steal from the government should be thrown in jail for many years and all of their wealth should be taken away. They should be penniless so that they know how it feels to be poor. It’s because there are not any harsh punishments or consequences. That is why people or government officials keep stealing.”

We spoke to Thuli Madonsela, advocate and professor of law at Stellenbosch University, and former Public Protector of South Africa, for her perspective.

We put the same question to Karim Belhaj Aissa, Middle East and Africa Transparency Coordinator for Article 19

How would you tackle corruption? How do we hold leaders accountable? Let us know your thoughts and comments below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

Images by Erlend Aasland via Flickr

Comments

PK
Corruption is a societal vice. It's got roots in mindsets, and it has become a culture. Most anti-corruption efforts have an 'EXTERNAL' focus. We sanction offenders with punitive measures. We make culpable individuals pay heftily.... emotionally, financially, etc. Yet statistics show an INCREASE in scope and magnitude of corruption. What of addressing it from an INTERNAL locus? Rather than we keep cursing the darkness, why not begin to recreate a culture that extols, celebrates, parades the virtues of integrity, chivalry, honest hard work and patient climbing up the horizons through empowering others along the way? A generation needs to grow that will loathe villain acts of selfish corruption, and hail the courageous loving acts of selfless service to humanity as the true measure of wealth. Not in shillings and cents, but in chivalry and sense. A new culture tsunami to sweep the old decay.