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(Update) Fighting Corruption as an Anti-Poverty Program

4:15 PM, Sep 13, 2006 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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(A reader from our good friend Australia writes:

I saw your post 'Fighting Corruption as an Anti-Poverty Program' and how "too little attention is given to one of the biggest barriers to lifting nations out of chronic poverty -- rampant government and business corruption."

Our Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, is taking a tough line on this issue in relation to a developing dispute in the Solomon Islands. He's doing a great job on this.

Check out some of these links: one is from PM Howard's interview on the matter (last few paragraphs) and news reports here, here and here.

Clearly, Howard is continuing his record as a world leader who thinks and acts clearly and decisively on these issues - whether it is in Afghanistan, Iraq, Solomon Islands or elsewhere.)

George Soros, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation have generously pledged at least $150 million to alleviate hunger and poverty in Africa. Soros will http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/5341350.stm target=_blank>donate his money to the UN Millennium Villages project, which operates in 10 African nations. The other two foundations will fund a "scaling up" of agricultural programs designed to increase crop yields. "Gates speculated that once the projects to help farmers got off the ground," AP reports, "the farmers and their governments would reinvest in the infrastructure needed to make a lasting impact." But a major key to securing a "lasting impact" will be to hold those governments that engage in illicit practices accountable. As I have noted in an http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2006/02/an_anticorruption_of... target=_blank>earlier post, too little attention is given to one of the biggest barriers to lifting nations out of chronic poverty -- rampant government and business corruption - and to those trying to shine the spotlight on such activity.