It’s a new year, and the fight against corruption goes on. It is tempting to feel discouraged, but if you thought there was nothing you as an individual could do, think again! Let 2016 be the year you stand up and say: “So far, and no farther.”
While the problem might be so deeply entrenched in the private and public workings of a country that people start thinking that corruption is “just a way of life”, be aware that every society, sector and individual will benefit if you say “No more” to this crime.
Remember, if people refuse to allow corruption into their lives, there will be no opportunity for the corrupt to carry out their illegal deeds – so you as an individual most definitely can make a difference by breaking the chain of corruption in your life, which will have a knock-on effect down the line.
Whether you’re a civil servant, a member of the media, a trade union member or official, a business person, an NGO worker, or an ordinary citizen, you CAN act against corruption, starting today! The benefits are better education, improved healthcare,a functioning justice system, enhanced development, strong democracy, and more prosperity for all.
What are you waiting for? Here are some great suggestions, courtesy of the UNODC, on how you can say no to corruption.