The Other Pandemic: COVID and the Cost of Corruption

Corruption, as an expression of profound injustice, should matter to believers, in relation to our own behaviour and witness and to the social order in which we live. The COVID pandemic crisis is a wake-up call for the church, its leaders and all followers of Jesus, that fighting corruption is central to our integral mission. Corruption matters to God immensely. We need to pay attention to corruption now more than ever.

“Good News” in the Fight Against Corruption

When I joined the World Bank (the Bank) in 1989, corruption was a taboo subject. For its own lending operations, the Bank had legal safeguards against the misuse of funds. But corruption was not openly recognized or addressed as a major obstacle to development and poverty reduction. This attitude generally characterized other international development agencies…