Wolfowitz’s Words: Worth Taking Seriously


Paul Wolfowitz, Remarks to the Business for Social Responsibility Conference
Washington DC, November 4, 2005

But punishing corruptors isn’t the only solution. In fact, it probably isn’t the best solution. The best solution is in fact improved transparency, improved accountability, so that corruptors know ahead of time that they can’t hide.
Prevention is much better than the cure. Businesses and civil society organizations can play an important monitoring and advocacy role here, so can the press. And anyone who says that the issue of press freedom is purely a political issue that has nothing to do with development, I don’t think understands just how important accountability is to preventing corruption, and just how serious a threat corruption is to the development process.

— Steve Clemons


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