7 Steps to Restore Trust in Government
By Bobby Alger, Marketing –
The nonprofit Transparency International sends out a report each year analyzing the level of corruption in governments around the world. In the CPI 2019 Global Highlights report, Transparency International gives seven recommendations to put an end to corruption and restore confidence in government. These are:
●Manage Conflicts of Interest: governments should tighten control over the financial and other interests of government officials.
●Control Political Financing: governments should improve and properly enforce campaign finance regulations. Furthermore, political parties should disclose their sources of income, assets, and loans.
●Strengthen Electoral Integrity: democracy is founded on principles of free and fair elections. Preventing the purchase of votes and misinformation campaigns is fundamental to restoring trust in the government.
●Regulate Lobbying Activities: governments should promote open and meaningful access to decision-making and consult a wider range of groups beyond the well-resourced lobbyists and private interest groups.
●Tackle Preferential Treatment: governments should create mechanisms to ensure that service delivery and public resource allocations are not driven by personal connections or bias towards special interest groups.
●Empower Citizens: governments should protect civil liberties and political rights such as the freedom of expression. Additionally, governments should protect citizens, activists, whistleblowers, and journalists that are working to monitor and expose corruption.
●Reinforce Checks and Balances: governments must promote the separation of powers and strengthen judicial independence.
A first step could be to hold current government officials accountable with a lie detector test. Lie detecting is easier than ever thanks to a new technology from Converus called EyeDetect®. The truth of campaign financing or vote-buying could be known in as little as 15 to 30 minutes.
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