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لماذا يهمنا الفساد

أطلق البابا فرانسيس على الفساد تعبير "غرغرينا الناس"، وقال وزير الخارجية الأميركي جون كيري بأن الفساد "حافز على التطرف" لأنه "يدمر الإيمان بالسلطة الشرعية"، هذا في حين صنّف رئيس الوزراء البريطاني الفساد أنه "من أعتى أعداء التقدم في زمننا".

الفساد، ببساطة، هو استخدام الوظيفة العامة لتحقيق مكاسب شخصية. وكما يُقر القادة بشكل مطّرد، فإن الفساد يُهدد التنمية والكرامة الإنسانية والأمن الدولي. وستتوفّر في مؤتمر مكافحة الفساد الذي سينعقد في لندن في 12 أيار/مايو لقادة العالم- مع ممثلين عن قطاع الأعمال والمجتمع المدني- فرصة ثمينة للتعامل مع هذه الحقيقة .

إن الفساد مُدان في كل الثقافات وعلى مر التاريخ، وهو قديم قِدَمَ الحكومات. لكن على غرار جرائم أخرى، أصبح معقّدا بشكل متزايد خلال العقود القليلة الماضية، مع تأثيرات مدمّرة على رفاهية وكرامة أعداد لاتحصى من المواطنين الأبرياء.

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