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Time for an anti-corruption Millennium Development Goal?

Written by Guest on Monday, 25 March 2013

This week the United Nations is bringing experts and world leaders to Indonesia to debate development priorities beyond 2015, when the Millennium Development Goals expire. Good governance tops the list of what to add to the current eight targets.


This week the United Nations is bringing experts and world leaders to Indonesia to debate development priorities beyond 2015 when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire. Good governance tops the list of what to add to the current eight targets.

We want to make certain that good governance and anti-corruption form part of the promises and solutions post 2015 – because they can make a tangible difference in delivering all the goals.

The transparency payoff

A TI study from 2010 has shown the huge positive impacts transparency can have on development – if you reverse the corruption-poverty equation. For example: The findings suggest that higher levels of access to information — such as on a school’s budget, resource inflows provided to schools and appointment procedures for teachers and school administrators — is positively and significantly correlated with higher literacy rates.

In other words, make a school budget more transparent, our research shows, and literacy rates go up.

Now is the time to kick-start change. What do you think is the best way to do this? Do we need a new MDG to fight corruption?

In the video below, Rueben Lifuka from Transparency International Zambia and Elisabeth Ungar Bleier from Transparencia por Colombia speak about the impact of corruption on the MDGs.

More information

TI Policy Brief: Looking beyond 2015: A role for governance

TI-UK’s recent letter to David Cameron on the post-2015 agenda

TI Feature: Building Anti-Corruption into the Milennium Development Goals

Guardian article: Post-2015 process must prioritise basic needs for the poorest

You can read the full version of this article on the Space for Transparency Blog.

 

Craig Fagan is Senior Policy Coordinator at Transparency International’s International Secretariat in Berlin – www.transparency.org

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