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”


Is it Corruption if it’s Legal?

potbrainIn the USA, two states voted to legalize marijuana. There’s no serious argument that marijuana improves peoples’ intelligence, or makes them more physically competent, or improves their abilities to perform professional tasks.  Although the impact is physiologically different, like alcohol, people wanted to do it, and they voted to make it legal.

It is a frustrating truth that we all do things that are not necessarily in our best interests of the best interests of our families, communities and groups. Continue reading “Is it Corruption if it’s Legal?”

Anti-Corruption and Leadership

Participation by Brian Pinkowski in the 7th Pan African Summit on Modernization of the Public Sector.
Participation by Brian Pinkowski in the 7th Pan African Summit on Modernization of the Public Sector.

We have all heard it – the fish rots from the head down.  And true enough the remedy for corruption requires attention on building a leadership class that provides role models for integrity and character.

But it’s important to know that we aren’t starting at “zero” with this effort. Continue reading “Anti-Corruption and Leadership”

Organizational Development is Corruption Prevention

Brian in Morocco
Brian Pinkowski  in Morocco

The FIRST step in preventing corruption is developing capable organizations and people.

Where people are uncertain of their roles and purposes in any organization, corruption is inevitable.

International development runs into challenges where diplomatic relations trump concerns about corruption.   Continue reading “Organizational Development is Corruption Prevention”

The Organic Nature of Corruption

Aspen and conifer forests competing for survival.  Brian Pinkowski
Aspen and conifer forests competing for survival. Brian Pinkowski

Governments and Nations Fail from Corruption.  Even the strongest and least corrupt of nations struggles with the downward pull of destructive forces arising from.  No matter if the corruption comes from internal and external causes – it’s always there, under the surface. (What the U.S. Government Shutdown Teaches Us About Organizational Corruption.)

When governments fall, it is the corrupt organizations and networks that expand fastest for the simple reason that they are best organized to respond to the survival needs of the community. Continue reading “The Organic Nature of Corruption”

11,000 readers: The Most Popular Anticorruption Articles

You aren’t what we are looking for.

I am celebrating achieving over 10,000 readers this month with a recap of the best and (ahem) least popular of the blog pieces posted on this site.

Well, actually, its 11, 371 today, and a hearty thank you.

The most popular article I have written was on Fighting Nepotism with 700 individual readers (and discounting those who merely looked at the first paragraph). Continue reading “11,000 readers: The Most Popular Anticorruption Articles”

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. Continue reading “Corruption Prevention – M. Boakai”