The justice we usually seek in corruption cases is too little and too late. “Name ‘em and Shame ‘em.”
“Throw them in jail.”
It’s too late. And we know it.
Let’s instead take a look at our equally astonishing failure to transfer knowledge in developing nations. Failure to diligently transfer knowledge, skills and competency is at the heart of many, many government corruption problems.
We find that developing nations, and the international community, will have very little attention on building the systems necessary to ensure that newly crafted legal regimes are followed, understood, and result in consistently repeatable performance throughout government offices. They like the big, sexy items. New laws.
Bluntly, there is not enough attention on how those laws get implemented.
The next time you visit a developing nations for business purposes, ask about the internal training departments. You won’t find one.
Suddenly all the problems you are having with administrative procedures and legal requirements snap into focus. There is no department with responsibility to provide ongoing training to staff AND MANAGERS about their responsibilities and the laws.
Instead, you will find an office which:
- Understands only the generalities of their law.
- Feels completely free to ignore requirements of the law.
- Feels completely free to add things to the requirements based upon their own opinion.
- Is completely oblivious to the burden that their failure to follow the law places on a country.
- Is largely unaccountable because there are no systems in place to ensure that laws are followed.
Who needs parliamentarians in such an environment?
“Oh, now wait a minute,” say my friends in the international community. “Our core principles and our contracts include sustainable practices.”
Where are the internal training departments? How many hours each year is the staff AND THE MANAGEMENT in training?
It is not possible to build a culture of professionalism and competency within government offices with one or two training programs.
It is not.
The absence of such commitment to professionalism and competency GUARANTEES corruption.