The Nigerian government has rolled out big-budget programs with the stated aim of helping small businesspeople, but these schemes are more often used by corrupt officials to help themselves.
Small businesses are vital to Nigeria’s economy. Yet institutional corruption trickles down and stymies their growth, hindering the country’s economic development.
Unchecked security spending and endemic corruption may destabilize the Bahraini regime and imperil U.S. interests, so the United States should push it to reform.
Illicit financial flows are crucial to a variety of illegal activities that undermine global and national security, from organized crime to terrorism. National security agencies should make countering these flows—by using national and global instruments—a priority.
Corruption in Nigeria runs from the jaw-dropping, to the mundane. However, the practice is more complicated and far-reaching than the familiar headlines suggest.
The State Department and USAID can pursue an array of internal and external initiatives to combat corruption globally, especially in countries that have faced recent political transitions.
Public anger at corruption has become perhaps the most powerful driver of political change around the world.
Corruption is the single greatest obstacle preventing Nigeria from achieving its enormous potential.
Security votes, or discretionary funds allocated to officials, fuel corruption through lack of transparency; as a result, banning security votes would be a crucial step for reform.
Recent uprisings in countries across the world suggest that there is much that other protesters can learn to pressure regimes for reforms.