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.

Tales from the Wild: “You give me 30% and I’ll make sure our government partners get their share.”

“You give me the 30% of the deal, and I’ll make sure our government partners get their share.” Excuse me? You’ll do what? If you work internationally, you will invariably find that people don’t understand the FCPA, and don’t understand what they are asking. I’ve heard it for matters as small as a “cup of […]

Corruption Prevention and the Art of War

The Highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy’s plan. Sun Tzu The key idea in corruption prevention is . . . prevention. To stop something from happening before it can occur. Indeed, prevention is the heart of “anti-corruption.” This is discussed further in Gradients of Anti-Corruption and is depicted in the graphic above. […]

Bribes, Compliance and Situational Ethics

“That’s not a bribe!” In a developing nation somewhere, an underpaid policemen struggles with a drunk and disorderly citizen. During the arrest, the policeman’s hand is cut. The next day, the policeman and the formerly drunken citizen reach an agreement. The citizen is charged with drunk and disorderly conduct, and he pays $5 to the […]

How to Strengthen Corruption Prevention Through Mid-Level Management

Politicians Talk About Corruption – Brian Pinkowski Leadership sets the example. It’s as true in the leadership of Nations and corporations as it is in the leadership of small government departments. Where leadership abuses or misuses the authority of their position, the entire organization decays beneath them.

Social Media in the Fight Against Corruption

Social media offers a tool for everyone and anyone to increase the transparency of actions that people and governments would otherwise hide.  Traditional media, while it can be quite effective on occasion, has some fundamental obstacles to being an effective tool to fight corruption now and in the future.  “The media is too concentrated, too […]

Integrity Standards, Awareness and Cultural Standards

  In an interesting discussion about the possibility of a “Global Integrity Standard,” a friend of mind offered the following touch of realism: “Focussing on getting a better codification of an integrity standard is not without merit, especially when there are either – cultural issues which can confuse agreement on what are breaches of acceptable […]