Using the findings of the 1996 Presidential Commission on Corruption in Tanzania, the author emphasises the impact petty corruption, especially bribery, has on poor populations. He proposes that international organisations recognise that controlling corruption should be part of poverty-reduction strategies, and needs to be tackled by increasing the political literacy of the affected populations – empowering citizens to complain about corruption. This article also appears in the Development in Practice Reader Development and Management.
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