Corruption Prevention – M. Boakai

This week we reached 10,000 readers of our blog – Thank You!

As part of our celebration for hitting this magical number, we’ll be posting anticorruption articles from other experts around the world.

The following post is provided by my good friend, Mahamad Boakai, from Monrovia, Liberia.

Corruption prevention is an endless endeavor towards changing minds and attitudes to accept a concept or a way of life that is moral. There is no silver bullet or single dose to preventing corruption. The main role of Corruption Prevention is to reduce and prevent corruption in public bodies and private sector organizations. This aim is achieved, among other means, by conducting case studies and giving seminars and advisory services to various public and private organizations. Preventing corruption involves helping public sector agencies, businesses and individuals prevent corruption by providing advice and building an agency’s resistance to corruption through training and resources. Sustained education and periodic reviews of established anticorruption measures are vital in ensuring probity and transparency in the workplace.

The following measures are important in establishing an effective corruption prevention mechanism for any agency. These measures are part of international best practices adopted and implemented by countries that are successful in the fight against corruption.

Corruption prevention strategies – Developing effective policy and plans on preventing corruption

Foundations for corruption prevention – The role of leadership, organizational culture, standards, values and procedures in preventing corruption

Detecting corrupt conduct – Internal processes to aid in detecting corruption

Responding to corrupt conduct – Formulating an effective response to corruption; i.e. punitive measures

Corruption risk management – Applying risk management approaches to corruption prevention

Knowing your risks – Includes products and services, employees, contractors, money, information and assets

Corruption Prevention Programs also involve the following:

  • Formation of corruption prevention committees (CPC) in various agencies
  • Secondment of staff to monitor internal control adherences (long term target)
  • Collaborations on code of conducts for employees in various sectors
  • Formulation and publication of guidelines for fighting corruption
  • Monitoring and evaluation (advisory services to guide against future waste)
  • Prevention plans in all agencies of government

Thanks. Mahamed!

We will get more from Mahamed on Internal Controls and Corruption Prevention in the weeks.


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