Refugees, Failed Nations and Corruption

Refugees and Corruption
Refugees and Corruption

The weekly death toll and ongoing human tragedy of the refugee crisis internationally is stunning for several reasons.  First, despite all of the talk (and talk and talk) about humanitarian principles and human rights, the international community has not moved beyond shutting borders, denying visas, and tent cities to deal with the several refugee crises occurring around the world.

These crises are, of course, a direct result of the decay of nations – corruption.   Continue reading “Refugees, Failed Nations and Corruption”

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The Importance of Anti-Corruption in the Philippines Typhoon Recovery

A quiet sunset on Pacific Islands.  B. Pinkowski
A quiet sunset on Pacific Islands. B. Pinkowski

In the space of one day, the essential services of organized society were wiped away from a community in the Philippines by Super Typhoon Haiyan.   From the moment people became aware the typhoon would strike, the race was on.

Water, Shelter, Food, Medical Care, Physical Safety, Communication, and a means to obtain those things – the immediate targets of survival.

What does this have to do with anti-corruption? Continue reading “The Importance of Anti-Corruption in the Philippines Typhoon Recovery”

7 Key Metrics for Measuring Progress in the Fight Against Corruption – Rule of Law

Politicians Talk About Corruption - Brian Pinkowski
Politicians Talk About Corruption.  Corruption Fighters take action – Brian Pinkowski

Social Change is the principle goal of anticorruption activities.

Action, not speeches, is the hallmark of corruption fighting institutions operating in the Rule of Law sector.

Despite this seemingly obvious fact, many “corruption fighting institutions” do not track and publicize basic statistics that are essential to measuring successful change in the “corruption level” of an country or region. Continue reading “7 Key Metrics for Measuring Progress in the Fight Against Corruption – Rule of Law”

Hiring and the Seeds of Organizational Corruption

The four primary characteristics of a group are:

  • Shared Identity,
  • Shared Purposes,
  • Shared intention to survive as a group into the future, and
  • Willingness to defend the identity and purposes of the group.

Each of these characteristics varies by individual group member, but they must all be present with sufficient strength or the group ceases to exist as a group. Continue reading “Hiring and the Seeds of Organizational Corruption”

CYPRUS: Is the Fight Against Corruption Hopeless?

Gradients of Corruption in Society. Brian Pinkowski
Gradients of Corruption in Society. Brian Pinkowski

Sometimes angry and passionate responses provide the basis for insights.

I received several such responses on my blog post Cyprus, Global Finances and Corruption. Continue reading “CYPRUS: Is the Fight Against Corruption Hopeless?”

Cyprus, Global Finances and Corruption

Looking at the financial problems in Cyprus, Europe and (shudder) the U.S., you don’t need an PhD in Economics to see that what’s happening is more than simply criminal misconduct. Continue reading “Cyprus, Global Finances and Corruption”

Media in the Fight Against Corruption

This video explores the role of media in carrying out the first act of justice – seeing that something is not right. Complimenting the article about the Role of Media, the video examines the process of energizing both the young journalists and experienced media opinion leaders as they seek to create positive change in their […]