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Day 2, Workshop 4



Cooksey, Brian:
Do Aid Agencies Have a Comparative Advantage in Fighting Corruption in Africa?


`Corruption' is integral to the complex patronage networks found in African political systems. To varying degrees, these networks are supported with resources provided by aid, particularly loans from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the African Development Bank. Both directly and indirectly, aid is heavily implicated in the corruption that it routinely condemns among recipient governments. Consequently, corruption in Africa is not a problem that aid agencies can help solve ... with more aid. The World Bank has nailed its flag to the global anti-corruption mast by adopting a `zero tolerance' strategy towards corruption among borrowing governments. By now, the logical outcome of zero tolerance should have been a dramatic reduction in lending to countries suffering from `endemic' or `systemic' corruption, including most of sub-Saharan Africa. But apart from Kenya, it appears to be more or less `business as usual' for the Bank and the rest of the aid industry in Africa. Donors, it seems, are not about to undermine their disbursement imperatives because of their (very real) concerns with corruption.

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Grey, Cheryl:
The World Bank's Anti-corruption Agenda


The World Bank's approach to Corruption and Good Governance has changed radically since the early 1990's. Most notably, in September 1997 the Board approved a comprehensive anti-corruption policy framework for the Bank. The framework envisions action on four fronts: a) first, the Bank will make every effort to prevent fraud and corruption in projects it finances; b) second, the Bank will assist countries that ask for help in curbing corruption; c) third, the Bank will mainstream a concern for corruption in its country analysis and lending; d) fourth, the Bank will participate actively in international efforts to address corruption. This paper focuses mainly on assistance to clients.

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