By Russ Warner, VP Marketing & Operations –
Corruption is rampant and prevalent in government. In politics, sometimes the desire for power is a greater incentive than integrity. For this reason, it’s especially important for government bodies to make efforts to stop anti-corruption.
Anti-corruption plans at the national level can strengthen governments against criminal activity and can legitimize the organization, creating trust between citizens and leaders.
Ghana’s Anti-Corruption Efforts
In Ghana on July 3, 2014, the parliament approved a National Anti-Corruption Action Plan, or NACAP, to prevent and tackle corruption. According to a recent report, NACAP “integrates anti-corruption measures into the programs and activities of public sector organizations and allows for collective action and sustained coordination of efforts as well as the judicious application of resources to combat corruption.”
Focused on the control of corruption, NACAP will help Ghana by identifying causes, improving the quality of investigation of corruption, increase accountability, and create additional ways of controlling and prosecuting corruption cases. Most importantly, it will help citizens and public officials to know efforts are being made to convert the government into a more ethical and value-based society. Such a society will hopefully create a better environment for economic growth and profitability for the people.
It’s highly commendable that Ghana is taking this effort to control corruption in government. With some luck and hard work, NACAP may prove to be successful in reforming the government into a more dependable institution that the people can respect and trust. Commitment to the program will make a huge difference, as will any other tools that can help them accomplish this great feat.
An Anti-Corruption Tool
One such tool that could help the NACAP program be efficient and successful is a new lie detection technology by Converus called “EyeDetect™.” The greatest need in fighting corruption will be rooting out individuals, but in a safe and efficient manner. With EyeDetect, governments like Ghana — that attempt to control corruption — can administer a short, simple test with ease to any individual suspected of criminal activity.
The EyeDetect test is non-intrusive and provides a detailed analysis of the behavior of their eyes, detecting blinks, pupil dilation and more to mathematically measure stress response levels and potential deception in a completely unbiased way. Simply put, a subject answers true or false statements for 30-40 minutes and the results are immediately processed on a secure server.
With a test accuracy at 85 percent, organizations can identify deception and nip corruption in the bud.
Note: Opinions expressed by Russ Warner are his own.