Bruce Bailey

independent consultant

My understanding of the dynamics of corruption sharpened dramatically when I managed a large project financed by loan funds from an international financial institution. I had the opportunity to observe and be involved in a number of issues – some black and white, many in varying hues of gray – ranging from greed based exploitation of the “ownership” of loan funds, to complex patronage arrangements (within and between government agencies), porous relationships between private sector companies (foreign and domestic) and government offices – and me being asked to bribe government auditors. I was guilty of making numerous facilitation arrangements, including those to get our invoices paid - but not to bribing the auditors. Someone else did that) Aside from the obvious ethical issues, what particularly got my attention was the negative effect that corruption and patronage issues had on the performance of the institutions.


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