Honesty Levels Wealth. Stop Corruption in Schools.

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Honesty Levels Wealth.

Mary Baked Eddy

Monitor Editorial

‘To Bless All Mankind’

Global drive on corruption should start at home

From the September 28, 2015 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Originally printed in The Christian Science Monitor, July 28, 2015.

 

In June, British Prime Minister David Cameron was quick to cast the first stone following the bribery scandal at FIFA, the world soccer governing body. He urged other world leaders to end the “international taboo over pointing the finger” at corrupt organizations. He cited an estimate that graft adds 25 percent to the cost of aid spent in poor countries.

Many developing countries need encouragement to tackle corruption. Brazil’s politics are in a twist over a probe of bribery involving the state oil company. Both Nigeria and India have new leaders with a strong reputation in fighting corruption. Mexico has recently passed new anticorruption measures. And China’s rulers are in the midst of a crackdown on bribe takers in the Communist Party.

In his recent trip to Africa, President Obama emphasized that the continent’s economic potential could only be unlocked if it clamped down on corruption. “When someone has to pay a bribe just to start a business or go to school, or get an official to do the job they’re supposed to be doing anyway—that’s not ‘the African way,’ ” he said.

But Mr. Obama was quick to add that “corruption exists all over the world, including in the United States.”

Ensuring honesty and openness in business and government is a global task. And a country’s humility to recognize—and remove—corruption within its borders will inspire others to do the same.

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