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eJournal USA: Transforming the Culture of Corruption

17 December 2006

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Principled Responsibility: Transforming the Culture of Corruption

Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State

Addressing Corruption Via International Treaties and Commitments
By agreeing on mechanisms to fight corruption, the international community is opening the doors for increased multilateral and bilateral cooperation on important but traditionally local fronts.

Combating Kleptocracy
In 2006, to combat high-level corruption, the United States implemented the National Strategy to Internationalize Efforts Against Kleptocracy.

Shedding Light on Corruption
Regulations against corrupt practices and legislation to increase government transparency have reduced corruption by examining government closely to weed out waste, fraud, and abuse.

Effective Anticorruption Approaches
Good governance and accountability create conditions that lift people out of poverty, raise education and health levels, improve the security of borders, expand the realms of personal freedoms, nurture sound economic and sustainable development strategies, and create healthier democracies.

Feature Stories Continued

The Costs of Corruption
Corruption, while benefiting a few individuals, is costly to society, the private sector, and governments in the long run.

Promoting Global Corporate Transparency
In 1977, the U.S. Congress enacted the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to bring a halt to the bribery of foreign officials and to restore public confidence in the integrity of the American business system.

Civil Society’s Role in Securing Effective and Sustainable Reform
The role of civil society is central to bringing anticorruption commitments to life.

Fostering Development: Millennium Challenge Corporation
The Millennium Challenge Corporation is providing a powerful incentive for governments to adopt tough anticorruption policies and strengthen their anticorruption institutions.

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(This is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/iipdigital-en/index.html)

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