Corruption, Poor Infrastructure Puts India Behind Pakistan in 'Economic Freedom'

India may be the fastest growing economy in the world, but it still finds itself way behind other economies in preserving economic freedom.

In a recent study on economic freedom, India ranked 143 out of 180 countries. What is more interesting is the fact that India’s neighbouring countries, including Pakistan, performed better. The study was conducted by US-based think tank the Heritage Foundation which rates economic freedom.

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Why Combating Corruption in Government Contracts is Key to Funding the Sustainable Development Goals


A bridge  collapses because of poor construction. Pupils in an elementary school lose a month or two of classes because their books aren’t ready. A young woman dies after she receives a vaccine for a common influenza.

These are not uncommon headlines in the news.

But they often contain a common underlying thread: corruption and nepotism in government contracts leads the state to buy sub-standard goods and services. Estimates show that about a fourth of the procurement budget is drained through corruption, which is around 2 trillion USD annually (OECD, 2013).

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The 2016 CPI and the Value of Corruption Perceptions

Last month, Transparency International released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). As usual, the release of the CPI has generated widespread discussion and analysis. Previous GAB posts have discussed many of the benefits and challenges of the CPI , with particular attention to the  validity of the measurement and the flagrant misreporting of its results . The release of this year’s CPI, and all the media attention it has received, provides an occasion to revisit important questions about how the CPI should and should not be used by researchers, policymakers, and others.

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Can China be the Next Anti-Corruption Success Story, After Hong Kong and Singapore?

Over the past 50 years, many countries have become notorious for corruption on a grand scale. Very few have succeeded in eradicating this evil. The general consensus is that there are only two that have managed to do so: Singapore and Hong Kong. Many countries now regard Hong Kong as a successful model and have tried to learn from our methods.

So, what does such a model entail and how does mainland China, which is now trying hard to combat corruption, fit in with this model?

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5 Steps To An Anti-Corruption ‘Culture Of Compliance’

The purpose of this article is to consider how a corporation can create and maintain an anti-corruption “culture of compliance.” This is an interesting question to me because prior to joining Baker & McKenzie two years ago, I worked for a corporation that had developed a strong anti-corruption compliance culture. Since leaving the in-house world, I have thought about the circumstances or key elements that give rise to such a strong compliance culture in hopes of being able to help other companies develop a similar “culture of compliance.”

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Innovative or Ineffective?: Performance-Based Lending as an Anti-corruption Tool

The Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) new focus on fighting corruption and building institutions has generated quite a stir.  But the  Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) – a U.S. agency responsible for disbursement of assistance geared toward international development targets – has long been acting against corruption through its effort to achieve the SDG precursors, the  Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Institution-building does not appear among the substantive aims of the eight MDGs. Rather, the MCC made anticorruption central to its work by introducing corruption indices into its process for  competitive selection of aid recipients. In brief, the MCC Board of Directors chooses aid-eligible countries by evaluating and scoring candidates countries’ “policy performance” on a number of measures. Crucially, in order to qualify for aid, countries must score above average for their income group on the Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) “Control of Corruption” score. The indicator is therefore known as the “hard hurdle.” The Board also assesses corruption trends in its analysis of a country’s ability to reduce poverty and generate economic growth, which, with policy performance, comprises the overall evaluation.

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