Money in Politics

Money can have a negative influence on politics and present a challenge to foreign aid. Find out how to reduce political funding’s adverse impact on developing countries.

Money is vital for modern democracies. Without it, citizens would not have the means to convey ideas nor compete for political power through electoral processes. However, money can distort the democratic ideals of fair competition through unbalanced access to resources to some individuals or political groups, upsetting one of the cornerstones of democracy – the concept of ‘one person one vote’.  

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Financiamiento Politico y Corrupcion

This animation, produced by Transparency International in 2010 in Spanish, presents a summary of the main risks associated with the financing of political parties and political campaigns, besides making four recommendations on how citizens can contribute to reduce the negative influence money may have in such political processes.
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Author: Wild, L and Foresti, M
Release date: January 2010

Support to political parties: a missing piece of the governance puzzle

Attempts to build more accountable states cannot ignore political parties. Donor support for governance and accountability has, however, focused on demand and supply-side institutions inside and outside of government, including line ministries and civil society. Political parties are often sidelined, reflecting political sensitivities. At times, it is true that political parties have been the ‘weakest link’, reinforcing patronage. There is, however, increasing recognition of their importance, not just during elections, but in relation to a wide range of governance and accountability processes. There is scope for donor agencies to support political parties, but this needs to go beyond technocratic solutions and build stronger links between development and diplomacy.

it is our turn to eat
Author: Wrong, M.
Release date: June 2009

It's our turn to eat: The story of a Kenyan whistle-blower

Corruption fighters are contradictory figures, loved by what they stand for and hated by what they challenge. Michela Wrong’s account of the story of John Githongo, a Kenyan corruption fighter, explores both sides. But it goes further. It is an important read for international donors because it unveils the somewhat upsetting role played by them in the anti-corruption game. As with any view, Wrong’s stance is just one among many opinions on the issue of the international development cooperation involvement on corruption issues. But it is a good starting point for reflection.

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