Fighting Corruption in Public Services

Posted on February 7, 2012 by

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The World Bank has just issued a very long report (they call it a book) detailing Georgia’s reforms since 2003. It’s definitely worth a read if you’re interested in some of the background of what was going on in Georgia leading up to the creation of TLG.

Of course, the first thing that jumped out at me when I opened the .pdf file was that group of happy Georgians on the cover, walking down Rustaveli avenue in an impenetrable line of seven people across. They clearly don’t realize that they’ve made it impossible for people walking the other way to pass. I think that this might just be the final frontier of Georgian reforms: teaching people how to share the sidewalk with other pedestrians.

It strikes me that a lot of these reforms, and the “tenets of success” that the World Bank draws from Georgia, came about uniquely because of the Rose Revolution. I wonder how applicable they are to countries, like the US, that are not just coming off a fresh revolution – that have social institutions that go back hundreds of years or longer. Could the New York City police force, to pick one arbitrary example that I lived under for 28 years, be reformed to end police brutality and racial profiling?

Anyway, we live with the results of Georgia’s reforms every day – the high level of technology in municipal services, the courtesy of the police officers, etc. – so I think it’s beneficial to take a look at how they got there.

As part of our new Guest Blogging project, we’re going to be featuring a couple of different, unique viewpoints on this report from some of our new Guest Bloggers. Keep a look out over the next few weeks if you’re interested in reading about what other TLG volunteers think about Georgia’s war on corruption and how it has informed their experiences here in Georgia.

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