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Can Corruption ever be Eliminated from Governance?

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Can Corruption ever be Eliminated from Governance?

Corruption has always been a ‘viral disease’ in the anatomy of governance that demands aggressive treatment. Some say ‘lobbying’ not corruption is the appropriate term, but in whichever ever way we chose to place this practice; inducement, bypassing, short-changing, amassing unlawfully, and land mining a system that is meant to progressively serve a group of people is ‘Corruption’ in every sense of the word. 

Yes, Corruption can be eliminated, however there seem to be an illusion that punishing offenders alone can serve as deterrence in the issues of corruption. This is simply a ‘cut-neck’ approach to solving problems which is also recommended but not ‘total’. 

Corruption must be seen as a negative orientation that is sold over generations and must be cleansed with sustainable system policies that checks it from its embryo stage. We can see below how early, corruption deals with Society. The World Bank Group considers corruption a major challenge to its twin goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity for the poorest 40 percent of people in developing countries. 

Corruption has a disproportionate impact on the poor and most vulnerable, increasing costs and reducing access to services, including health, education and justice. Corruption in the procurement of drugs and medical equipment drives up costs and can lead to sub-standard or harmful products. 

The human costs of counterfeit drugs and vaccinations on health outcomes and the life-long impacts on children far exceed the financial costs. Unofficial payments for services can have a particularly pernicious effect on poor people. Empirical studies have shown that the poor pay the highest percentage of their income in bribes. Some studies have suggested that the poor may even be preyed upon since they are seen as powerless to complain. 

This is not to say that corruption do not show its head in the upper echelons of decision making. In fact, corruption at this stage alter the course of brilliant policies that should impact society positively.

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