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Don't bank on it


It is disheartening that the World Bank has turned to targetingt civil engineers in its long quest to suppress corruption. It is like a carpenter being called to fix a cracking boat in the middle of an ocean and then later being blamed for sinking it.

The syndrome is typical of the product of a superficial design fi the architects of corruption are embedded in the decisionfimaking rooms of the World Bank.

It is not the corruption per se that should be investigated, but the cause. The mechanism used to efficiently allocate the funds and ensure that it trickles down to the beneficiaries is painfully bureaucratic, resourcefully wasteful and time consuming. It takes no account of the recipients' culture/tradition by copying a working design in one part of the globe as fit for another.

Corruption is inadvertently introduced by the inflexible financial systems dispatching the funds.

An independent body could be set in place to monitor from the outset all World Bankfunded projects. The cost of creating this organ could drastically save the burgeoning cost of corruption.

Without strategic intervention, the consequences are beyond comprehension for an innocent victim whose survival may depend on a random computerised allocation of fund to build a simple and safe drinking water source. The system should be franchised right to the door of the beneficiary to enhance accountability, and where possible, labour and materials should be locally obtained.

Dick Komakech, dkomakech @mvaconsultancy. com

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