Vietnam needs new approaches to fight corruption

As published in Viet Week on 07/12/2011

On December 9, International Anti-corruption Day is marked around the world and commitments to crack down on corruption are renewed. The day is also an important reminder of the tremendous human cost of corruption, which affects everyone, with the poor suffering the most.

When families have to pay bribes to get medical care, or when parents have to bribe to get their children enrolled in school, it is the poorest who can least afford to pay and suffer the most. When people have to pay to get a job in the public sector, it is not the best and brightest who get the job. When bribes become common practice and part of daily interactions, trust and confidence in the public sector gets eroded.

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