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  • Ashok Sarangapani

Corruption

Updated: Jun 19


Source: UNDP.


Quote: "Corruption has a direct impact on the three dimensions of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental – and affects each of the five pillars of the 2030 agenda: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships.


Corruption-development nexus: Overall, corruption reduces efficiency and increases inequality. Estimates show that the cost of corruption equals more than 5% of global GDP (US$ 2.6 trillion, World Economic Forum) with over US$ 1 trillion paid in bribes each year (World Bank). It is not only a question of ethics; we simply cannot afford such waste." Unquote


Corruption & bribery feds & breeds nothing but corruption & bribery, it creates greed & ill-wealth, it drains the economy & it also topples governments. Corruption is a dangerous trait for humans and if left unattended, it can quite easily poison the whole society and to a point of no return.


Nowadays that are two important things in life: The first thing is money, and I can’t remember what the second one is!. We should remember the second one, which is Anti-Corruption & Anti-bribery! In order words, the one word to forget is "Corruption" and the one word to remember is "Integrity".

What we really need is a sustained anti-corruption effort by all stakeholders. A dream anti-corruption drive can one day eventually see:


Atrocities to Accountability;

Bribery to Bench-marking;

Concealment to Compliance;

Deceit to Development;

Embezzlement to Ethics;

Favoritism to Frameworks;

Gratifications to Governance,

Hypocrisy to Honesty;

Insider Trading to Integrity;

Jealousy to Justification;

Kickbacks to Knowledge sharing;

Lawlessness to Leaders;

Money Laundering to Monitoring;

Narcotics to Nurture;

Oppression to Opportunities;

Poverty to Principles;

Quarrels to Quality;

Relegation to Risk Assessments;

Sufferings to Sustainable Development;

Trade-wars to Transparency;

Upheaval to United;

Violations to Values &

War to Welfare.

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