Saturday, October 08, 2016

Keeping vested interests vested and the status quo static.

Corruption is directly involved in the inhibition of true progress, in keeping vested interests vested and in keeping the status quo static.

How many societies have not been mired in violence due to bribery and arms trading? How many refugees would be spared the resulting voyage of despair? How many alternative energy innovations have not been stifled by oil barons? How many societies have fallen to decay because special interest groups called the shots?

One society that made a determined effort to prevent corruption from plunging it into a cycle of crippling debt was Lesotho, a small African state. When an international construction consortium provided illicit incentives to public officials responsible for their Highlands Water Project – the largest construction project in Africa – the Lesotho administration decided to act. This was a precedent-setting move, in that the defendants were powerful foreign companies.

A documentary on this campaign, called Pipdream,  is in the works. The clip below is a submission to a 'Pitch Contest', where the winner receives funding that will help the production to go forward. You can sample this documentary at http://cubanhat.tv/pitch/cuban-hat-doc-circuit-montreal-2016/show/pipedream or at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWTM-Eog55w

Ref: Prosecuting Bribery in Lesotho (11th International Anti-Corruption Conference, Seoul, Republic of Korea)




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