Corruption is widely cited as the key reason for under-development
and poverty. It is often stated that developing countries could address
developmental challenges that they are faced with if they manage
to curb corruption to minimum levels. The article seeks to provide a
brief overview of the successful control of corruption in three selected
developing countries (Botswana, Singapore [a developing country at
an advanced stage] and Georgia). These developing countries have
tremendously improved their rankings in Transparency International’s
Corruption Perception Index. The case for providing a brief overview
on developing countries is much stronger than for developed countries
as successful anti-corruption reforms by most developed countries were
implemented while they were still classifi ed as developing countries.
The specifi cities of each country that are important in implementing
the ethics and anti-corruption initiatives will be outlined. The data used
in this article is gathered by desktop review in South Africa with preexisting
surveys, previous research and reports of different institutions
used for describing the selected developing countries’ control systems of corruption. The article will, furthermore, contextualise in the
South African environment the arguments presented for the selected
developing countries which have managed to curb the scourge of
corruption. The arguments presented revolve around designing an
implementation model for anti-corruption, political will, collective
action, a dedicated anti-corruption agency and collaboration with other
sectors of society.
This article is based on the work of Mphendu Unathi who is a second year registered student
for PhD (Public Administration) under the supervision of the Professor Natasja Holtzhausen.
The registered title of the thesis which is not yet submitted for examination is: “Evaluation of the
implementation of professional ethics and anti-corruption legislation: the case of Social Sector
Cluster in the Gauteng Province”.