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The agenda benders


The corruption referred to last week by Hamish Goldie-Scot is fed by the international multilateral aid institutions which appear to be unable (or perhaps unwilling) to curb the growing problem.

The effects of corruption (abuse of office for personal gain) can be seen daily by engineers practising in the development field. Personal agendas at all levels foster inappropriate decisions leading to the ubiquitous brown envelope, the wrong project being selected, inappropriate standards being adopted and dishonest supervision teams being retained (among many other ills).

I would welcome an effective initiative by the ICE to influence the donor community to make the receivers of aid more accountable. Is anyone doing anything on this front that could give hope that things might change?

Christopher Boyd (M)

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