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Wednesday, November 08, 2006 

Oh, la, la, these Bad and Old Corruption Issues
It is interesting to note that from the latest Transparency International (TI) Corruption Index, that Barbados made the marks with a ranking of 24 (Corruption Perception Index 2005).
Now on a regional standing, what is left for other Caribbean nations? I do not wanna sound like a pessimistic dude, but the news seem to be somber for other countries as Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Cuba, Grenada, Guyana, the Dominican Republic (DR), and Suriname.

So, where to from there! And according to the old say, when there’s a problem, there’s always a solution.
I do not think that the pursuit of a single-minded approach to corruption can lead to clear and straightforward appreciations of the problems.
And within this paradigm taking into accounts the various aspects behind governance practices are quintessential, in order to gradually move into reforms, and above all, how to legitimize the implementation of transparent and accountable regulations vis-à-vis the provision and management of public resources.

In a normative sense (more or less so), we are currently vying for the integration of ‘global’ standards, norms, compliance or ethics to strengthen public administration. One question though: Could this sole approach help to fully carry-out profound reforms, given the known structural differences that prevail between jurisdictions, organizational forms of governance and economies?

Nonetheless, it is sure that in this uphill battle, the link between corruption and development is more than ever of a pressing order, which of course calls for greater attention, not seen from narrow perspectives, but rather through more descriptive and broad approaches to review some of the old prescriptive anti-corruption guidelines.
Such a shift in thinking could be a useful tone, due to the fact that the construct of corruption over the past decades, has strongly emphasized and leaned toward one-sided assessments about weak governance frameworks for developing nations, which in fact has left little room for discussions about the root-causes of the phenomenon.

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