I stumbled on a Quora question "How do you fix a corrupt country?" and so I decided to give my two cents on Quora in regards to how I think such a country could fix its problems. Well, I will quote myself fully right after the break. Nonetheless, you can also visit Quora for this specific answer too, but you may have to go through countless other answers that were given to this same question. Here I quote myself:
When a country is being weakened by a weak leadership or a weak governance structure — having both would be a disaster — such a country needs to find a way to exert law and order so everyone in the country could recognize a corruptive behavior isn’t acceptable. When people are actually supportive of a measure against such corruptive behavior, the government could slowly gather strength through the recruitment of strong leadership to carry out the enforcement of rules and regulations to curb corruption.
I think many forms of corruption could be very subtle too, and so corruptive agents could actually thrive in almost all governments — doesn’t matter what form a regime is actually practicing. For example, a democratic country is relatively poor, and so such a country will not be able to have strong leadership even though it got a democracy. Without strong leadership, things tend to slip in and out between cracks, and so the corruptive agents could easily use such opportunity to do corruptive things out in the open.
In a dictatorship regime, corruptive agents in the position of power would be unchallenged since there won’t be enough checks and balances to curb such power. If a dictatorship regime got a weak leadership, the country could experience widespread corruptions that go unchecked. A good thing about a dictatorship regime is that if a country got a strong leader who actually cares for the people, such a leader could use absolute power to weed out corruption really fast and effectively. Basically, there are pros and cons to a different form of governance and the style of a particular government.
I think to fix a corrupt country, the most important things are to find the right leadership and enhance or rebuild a governance structure so the country could thrive on rules and order. As long the rules and order are making sense and the people could feel safe, then other good things may come eventually. For example, a strong economy is a must for a leader to keep the people happy and healthy. When people are happy and healthy, they tend to do the right things and be supportive of the government. With strong support from the people, the government could exert enforcement to weed out corruption without much opposition. Heck, when a government is loved by the people, the government could take a lot more risks to achieve its aspirations.
I'm curious anyone else thinks this is the right approach to fixing a corrupt country? Please leave a comment or two in the comment section if you agree or disagree with my suggestion. Thanks.