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NCJ Number: 164172 Find in a Library
Title: Creation of Public Awareness Against Corruption: An Increasing Menace in Developing Countries
Journal: Key to Commonwealth Corrections  Issue:34  Dated:(Spring 1996)  Pages:16-19
Author(s): M E Huq
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 4
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper examines the correlation between the crime rate and economic development activities, with attention to the difference in crime rates in developed and developing countries; Bangladesh is used as an example of what is happening in a developing country.
Abstract: Many development programs in undeveloped countries are designed and manipulated by those in power to amass individual wealth without regard for the masses most in need of help. Measures to combat corrupt practices through community participation in socioeconomic development are necessary before sustainable development can achieve the greatest good for the most people. In developing countries, of which Bangladesh is an example, the unusual population boom, dire poverty, and innumerable jobless vagrants have posed a serious threat to the social fabric. Historically, the administrative bureaucracy in Bangladesh has not effectively managed development. This has led to unplanned underdevelopment, while an incompetent bureaucracy earns a large share of the profit for the privileged few. Community life has become so weakened and disordered that there are no social institutions, including the family, to nurture ethical and civilized behaviors. If a development strategy is to succeed in reaching the masses, communities must organize to play a role in that development, but this presupposes that such involvement will be led by educated and moral persons guided by an ethico-legal philosophy that rejects exploitation and corruption.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Bangladesh; Corruption of public officials; Crime in foreign countries; Economic influences; Poverty and crime; Social conditions
Note: This paper was originally presented at the Fourth World Conference of the Asia Crime Prevention Foundation held in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 15-17, 1995.
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