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     The following is the latest publication on Corruption from The
     Bank.  Incidentally, TWB has several excellent papers available on
     website.  See also the website of Transparency International.

     Professor Prabhu Guptara
     Director, Executive and Organisational Development
     Wolfsberg Executive Development Centre
     (a subsidiary of UBS AG)
     CH-8272 Ermatingen
     Tel: +41.71.663.5605
     Fax: +41.71.663.5594
     e-mail: prabhu.guptara@ubs.com
     INTERNET: http://www.wolfsberg.com


Editors: Rick Stapenhurst and Sahr Kpundeh

World Bank Economic Development Institute Development Studies

After years of being treated as a taboo subject, the issue of corruption

has begun to attract serious attention from the aid donor community.
Corruption is, in its simplest terms, the abuse of power, most often for

personal gain, or for the benefit of a group to which one owes
allegiance.  This book achieves a balance between a theoretical and a
practical discussion of corruption and its causes and remedies.  It
explores the interaction between corruption and economic performance.

While the economic costs of corruption are difficult to measure, some
studies suggest that its costs would include:
*  An additional 3-10 percent increase for the price of a given
transaction to speed up the delivery of a government service
*  Inflated prices for goods by as much as 15-20 percent
*  Diverted tax revenues that can cost the government as much as 50
percent of its tax revenues

This volume focuses on the following:
*  Lessons learned, with two examples of good practice (Hong Kong and
*  The economic and institutional approaches to anti-corruption efforts,

with particular attention to the role of the public sector and civil
society, including the media
*  Case studies on Uganda, Tanzania, and Sierra Leone

Lessons learned indicate that an effective anticorruption strategy
should be multifaceted, combining economic reforms, and strengthening
national integrity institutions.  Political commitment should be key to
sustaining this effort.

1999, 264 pages, Stock Number 14257, price PS17.67 plus PS2.50 UK
postage, plus PS4.11 handling charge per order.

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