Corruption is something that hinders development and is something that needs to be addressed.
Today Ivan Lewis told the Labour Party Conference that the development agenda will be severely undermined unless progress is made fighting corruption.The challenge of international corruption has been an important topic at this party conference and yesterday, at a conference side event that Tearfund, Christian Aid and Transparency International jointly hosted, Ivan Lewis spoke strongly about the need to take action to tackle the issue.
Tearfund welcomes this statement as it echoes our experiences in many of the contexts in which we work. A community member in Lima told us: ‘Corruption means lower levels of education because the money that gets sent to the district is not well used; teachers are not trained and the infrastructure at our schools is terrible.’ The roots run deep, and affect the most vulnerable in society.
We therefore wholeheartedly welcome the Labour Party’s stand ‘to have an effective new anti-corruption plan’ – from day one…
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