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9729: 2 observations on corruption (fwd)
From: Lance Durban <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Two observations on the recent corruption discussion...
1. Recalling my own days as a UN consultant to the Haitian
Government in the late 70's/early 80's, my impression at
that time was that more resources were lost through gov't
incompetence and mismanagement than through corruption,
although my experience was at a relatively low level.
2. Corruption is not always clear cut. You almost never
find the proverbial smoking gun unless government
auditors are running sting operations. 'Acceptable'
corruption might be finding a government job for your
(qualified?) relative and/or having the gov't project
you oversee buy the cement blocks from your brother.
In today's Haiti, many people will assume that a
corrupt official who has been identified is just
someone who fell out of political favor.
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