Refugees, Failed Nations and Corruption

Refugees are, by definition, desperate, and bring with them ALL of the survival skills necessary for desparate families and communities when coming to unwelcoming lands. Many of those survival skills are criminal in nature – but necessary for survival when confronted with unwilling and unfriendly “first world” countries.

The Importance of Anti-Corruption in the Philippines Typhoon Recovery

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

CYPRUS: Is the Fight Against Corruption Hopeless?

Sometimes angry and passionate responses provide the basis for insights. I received several such responses on my blog post Cyprus, Global Finances and Corruption.

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.

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 […]