Flipping the corruption myth | Jason Hickel | Al Jazeera

Corruption is a major driver of poverty, to be sure. But if we are to be serious about tackling this problem, the Corruption Perceptions Index map will not be much help. The biggest cause of poverty in developing countries is not localised bribery and theft, but the corruption that is endemic to the global governance system, the tax haven network, and the banking sectors of New York and London. It’s time to flip the corruption myth on its head and start demanding transparency where it counts.
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When Corruption is Normalized, Everyone Suffers

Once again, and with great reluctance, I have been moved to comment on an issue of national importance in our Federation.  The issue of consideration here is the Virdee & Trutschler v NCA Court Judgement released last week that suggests that our Prime Minister may have been involved in certain dealings that could be interpreted as… Read More

“Bribery, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Prosocial Institutions” By Michael Muthukrishna

Reproduced from: http://evonomics.com/corruption-cultural-evolution-cooperation-bribery/ [with emphasis added, maths corrected] Bribery, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Prosocial Institutions  How the science of cooperation and cultural evolution will give us new tools in combating corruption  By Michael Muthukrishna There is nothing natural [1] about democracy. There is nothing natural about living in communities with complete strangers. There is nothing natural about… Read More

Truth NEVER lies and WILL ALWAYS RISE from the ashes

“The way of Jesus is thus not a set of beliefs about Jesus. That people ever thought it was is strange, when we think about it — as if one entered new life by believing certain things to be true, or as if the only people who can be saved are those who know the… Read More

The National Integrity System

Reproduced from:  CONFRONTING CORRUPTION: THE ELEMENTS OF A NATIONAL INTEGRITY SYSTEM – The TI Source Book 2000 by JEREMY POPE Chapter 4 p 31-40 Download the PDF The structure has been erected by architects of consummate skill and fidelity; its foundations are solid; its compartments are beautiful as well as useful; its arrangements are full of wisdom… Read More

The Right to Information – Information, Public Awareness and Public Records

Reproduced from:  CONFRONTING CORRUPTION: THE ELEMENTS OF A NATIONAL INTEGRITY SYSTEM – The TI Source Book 2000 by JEREMY POPE Chapter 24 p 235-246 Download the PDF Knowledge is the true organ of sight, not the eyes. Panchantantra (c. 5th century) The public, it is often said, has a “right to know.” But does it have such… Read More

Public Procurement: Where the Public and Private Sectors Do Business

Reproduced from:  CONFRONTING CORRUPTION: THE ELEMENTS OF A NATIONAL INTEGRITY SYSTEM – The TI Source Book 2000 by JEREMY POPE Chapter 22 p 205-220 Download the PDF Residents of Nairobi are facing severe water rationing on top of 12-hour electricity blackouts on six days of the week because of drought. Small businesses cannot function. Residents even find… Read More

Conflict of Interest, Nepotism and Cronyism

Reproduced from:  CONFRONTING CORRUPTION: THE ELEMENTS OF A NATIONAL INTEGRITY SYSTEM – The TI Source Book 2000 by JEREMY POPE Chapter 21 p 195-204 Download the PDF The emergence of a new class of African businessmen who reject or are not keen to partake in the old system of cronyism, nepotism and self-dealing, and who demand… Read More

Law on Ministers Duties‏ by Charles Wilkin QC

By his oath of office a Minister undertakes to carry out his functions in good faith for the benefit of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and to use his powers only for proper purposes. These are traditionally described as “fiduciary duties”. If he allows his personal interest to conflict with those duties and he benefits from such conflict… Read More

Are All Politicians Scamps Until Proven Otherwise?

Politician: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/politician 1 A person who is professionally involved in politics, especially as a holder of an elected office: ‘a veteran communist politician’ ‘a local politician’ 1.1 US A person who acts in a manipulative and devious way, typically to gain advancement within an organization. Scamp:  https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/scamp 1 A person, especially a child, who is mischievous in a likeable… Read More