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Title:Corruption in West Africa: can there be some prospects for a lasting solution?
Author:Omar, MassoudISNI
Periodical:African Administrative Studies (ISSN 0007-9588)
Geographic term:West Africa
Abstract:Corruption in Africa, notably the West African region, has defied all measures adopted to combat it. Despite the establishment of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in numerous African countries, corruption continues to pose serious challenges to effective public service delivery, democracy and confidence in State institutions. This brings into question the effectiveness of Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACAs). They embody the increasingly general concept of corruption as a social malaise, a view which is grounded in structural-legal prescriptions. The structural-legal notion of corruption sees it as a problem of weak legislation and weak enforcement, ignoring the socio-historical context to which corruption is inextricably linked. As a first step towards reversing this trend, there is a need to vigorously engage the public in the fight against corruption. Furthermore, the public service has to have a framework for the guidance, management and control of conduct for its public servants. Bibliogr., ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]