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How to stop corruption in poor countires in an effort to fight poverty?

Not that I have any influence other than doing my best to not participate in this process as an individual, I would like to seek some practical and plausible ideas to help stop and control corruption in an effort to reduce poverty in poor and 3rd world countries.

The amount of wealth amazed and held by the elite government authorities (especially after assuming the official position in their respective governments) of several of these countries stifle the growth and develop of their nations and also severely damage the progress of their people and the ability to develop programs to reduce and eventually eradicate poverty.

While government bodies and world forums discuss on programs to help reduce poverty such as educating women, enabling the poor people to earn a living by teaching them labor skills and creating small industries, addressing and implementing viable programs and governing systems to stop such serious corruption doesn’t seem to surface. They provide such governing system to monitor and evaluate local election processes in many countries but not to manage, control and evaluate the level of corruption.

Having said this, I do understand that corruption exists in many rich industrialized nations as well where the elite authorities hold the majority of the wealth. But poverty, and unemployment in the third world (countries in Africa) and developing countries (India, Pakistan) often lead to crime, famine, and many other destructive patterns. And sadly these countries are well known for their rampant corruption and very corrupt governments with a large percentage of people at poverty levels.

What can world governing bodies, forums and nations do to eradicate poverty by stopping corruption as opposed to unifying only to stop the outcomes and result of such poverty ie. Crime, terrorism, famine, etc.?

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    Jan 25 2013: Corruption is not exclusive to third world nations.
    There are other problems such as impotent educational systems;cultures that discourage questions and curiousity by encouraging unrepentant clinging to outdated traditions and norms; adoption of political systems that are incompatible with the cultures and philosphy of the people; oppression of women; overdependence of prayers to do what God has given men wisdom to do; and also overpopulation.
    There is corruption in the developed world and I would not recommend them as a model for the 3rd world; but industrialised societies are not plagued with most of the aforementioned problems.

    The focus should be to address these issues. I've chosen to do my own part as far as education, women emancipation and encouraging life-changing age-long principles are concerned. That is why I'm part of TED's ideas worth spreading.
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    Jan 25 2013: I think its a complex phenomena that every country is facing through and finding out ways to combat it.
    Right to Information Act should be implemented since i feel it will give right to fellow citizen to seek answer from the government on issues which are sneaky.It would provide citizen with a sense of confidence to be part of a democratic country with a sense of honor of being judgemental.
    Transparency will also help out to curb corruption though not fully but it will try to minimize at an effective rate.
    Measures can be plotted on paper,can be debated,can be implemented but it wont be fruitful unless government and every citizen abides to it.
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    Jan 25 2013: Transparency International is an excellent anti-corruption watchdog and their website has many useful suggestions:

    The online activist petition group Avaaz has also chalked up some significant victories:

    I believe privacy laws should be amended to force disclosure bank accounts, personal incomes and assets of people holding public office, especially if they have wealth way beyond their pay scale. Such people should be targeted in elections.
  • Feb 1 2013: Jeez.
    You have to get rid of the reasons for being corrupt. You have to get rid of the causes of corruption.

    Not combat corruption or find ways to reduce poverty or fight to end slavery and so on. All those are failing, have failed and will continue to fail as long as there are reasons to be corrupt.

    You ask:
    "What can world governing bodies, forums and nations do to eradicate poverty by stopping corruption as opposed to unifying only to stop the outcomes and result of such poverty ie. Crime, terrorism, famine, etc.?"

    Those are some of the very bodies, forums, nations and individuals who already are corrupt!
    You cannot use already, long-time corrupted agencies, people, organizations, nations and rulers to help,
    change or eradicate corruption.

    Because that is how they profit!!! ............Jeez.

    The main force for corruption, the thing that is the breeding ground for virtually all crimes, worldwide is money.
    You must get rid of, get off of, all monetary systems and create a just system that does not have reasons or causes inherent in it by default, to be corrupt.
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    Jan 25 2013: First need to analyze that at what extent the poverty of poor countries resulted due to intrusion & invasion of BIG bosses of the world compared to the intrinsic corruption of the country itself.

    Moreover the poor countries have government in place who are mostly puppets of those BIG Bosses
  • Jan 25 2013: Maybe Canada doesn't have serious problems, but after Citizens United and some old cases like San Mateo County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad I wonder if the United States doesn't need something like Arab Spring This democracy stuff isn't easy. Read Francis Fukayama on the Confucian examination system in old China. There are so many ways to deal with the same universal problems. Or Janasarries or whatever. Remember that these are poor people in poor countries. Let he who is perfect cast the first stone.