Governance in Africa Conversations: Daniel Kaufmann Fri, 2013-02-22 11:48

In this episode Armando Conte interviews Daniel Kaufmann, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and previously Director at the World Bank Institute, leading expert on Governance and Anti-Corruption. Daniel Kaufmann has an incredible theoretical and practical knowledge on Governance and Corruption worldwide.

Kaufmann in this interview elaborates on the crucial relations between development, governance and corruption in Africa. He emphasis the importance of the rule of law and developmental success, and the significance of implementing the governance indicators in measuring Good governance and Corruption.

Conte questions Kaufmann on the present debate regarding Foreign Aid in the development discourse. Kauffmann suggests that developmental aid agencies ?should step back and study the failures and success of aid? ensuring ?well governed aid? at all levels.

In the last part of the interview, Kaufmann warns on the other and new forms of corruption such as what he defines as State captured i.e. politicians working with the private elite sector managing regulations and policies of the state to their own benefits; this phenomena is present both developing countries and developed countries, and one recent example can be seen in the crisis of Wall Street.

Kaufmann concludes this interview emphasising the fact that the democratisation process, independent and free media, leadership accountability, the rule of law and transparency are crucial instruments in fighting corruption and promoting Good Governance.

For more information on Daniel Kaufmann work on Good Governance please see following links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Kaufmann

http://www.thekaufmannpost.net/

http://thekaufmannpost.net/obama-on-governance-and-corruption-in-africa-a-message-to-aid-donors-as-well/