With a year left, only four of the MDG targets have been achieved.
Good governance and anti-corruption were not included in the first list. Transparency International research in more than 100 countries shows how bribery and poor governance have undermined achieving the current MDGs.
Bribery also wipes out the benefits of economic growth.
For example, any gains made in improving access to safe drinking water when family incomes rise are offset by the negative effect of bribery.50% of school children do not complete primary school in countries where bribery is common.
As a result, 30% of all Latino and 40% of all Black children attend schools that are between 70% and 100% poor while 6% of white children attend schools that are more than 70% poor (Center for Cities and Schools).
The effects of being educated in schools that are both racially and economically segregated are overwhelmingly negative.The majority of poor people are those who experience chronic -- and even multigenerational -- poverty (Iceland, 2003).In the United States many of the chronically poor live in urban environments.Transparency International believes the UN must: For more detail on the methodology and statistical information Transparency International used to show the effect of good governance on achieving the MDGs, please click here.For any press enquiries please contact [email protected] do we do when those mandated to protect us are serving other interests than public safety and security?High levels of corruption, however, correlate with many of the targets being missed.This relationship holds across all the development goals related to poverty and hunger, education, maternal and child health, communicable diseases, water and sanitation.Bribery has a clear inverse relationship with MDG achievement.In countries where more people paid more bribes to obtain basic services, more women died during childbirth, fewer children lived beyond five years of age, more people went without clean drinking water or toilets, and fewer girls finished secondary school.Indeed, rule of law is just as important as economic growth.The research compared MDG achievements with the aggregated value of scores given to countries in the section of the 2011 Global Integrity Report covering anti-corruption.