Empowering the victims of corruption through social control mechanisms

Author(s) : Langseth, Petter

Organization : United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention

Imprint : Prague, UNODCCP, 2001

Collation :

38 p.

Series : Research and scientific series

For poor people at village level, petty corruption involving a payment of as little as $10 for a free medical service can have devastating effects on their lives. What makes the situation even worse is that most of the people who are faced with inadequate services and corrupt officials are also denied access to justice and other public services. The present paper emphasizes the importance of improved checks and balances facilitated through: an integrated approach that is evidence-based, comprehensive, inclusive, non-partisan and impact-oriented; the empowerment of the victims of corruption through improved access to credible social control mechanisms; establishment of new strategic partnerships within civil society and between civil society and the state; and systematic and transparent monitoring of levels, types, location, causes, cost and remedies of corruption.

  • Anti-corruption strategies, Monitoring / control, Civil society, Corruption, Economic and social development, Educational management, Central administration, Governance, Health, International conventions, Poverty, Transparency