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How Useful are Perception Indices of Corruption to Developing Countries?
Fellows draws attention to an alternative approach to the identification of corruption discussed by Mihály Fazekas in a paper "A Comprehensive Review of Objective Corruption Proxies in Public Procurement"
Fellows considers that simpler methods can also be used to assess objective data and employed, for instance, to identify ill-crafted administrative processes, illicit flows of funds, parties with close and concerning personal connections, the unexplained accumulation of personal wealth and citizens' complaints. He suggests that this could lead to national assessments being made to determine priorities for improving system design and investigating those whose behaviour is of concern.
Fellows is now convinced that the evaluation of objective administrative data should be used to combat corruption in relation to developing countries as well as Europe and North America where current research is being conducted. He concludes on a cautionary note saying that whatever the potential of this approach it will require commitment from national leaders if it is to be effective.
The full article is also carried on the PFMConnect blog at http://blog-
Note: PFMConnect is a consultancy that supports the development of good standards of public financial management in order to improve public service delivery, extend public accountability, encourage local business development and combat corruption. Its work is principally centred on developing countries, working in cooperation with governments and other stakeholders.