Solutions to Combat Corruption According to Lebanese on Twitter

Solutions to Combat Corruption According to Lebanese on Twitter

For past three months, I have been asking Lebanese people on Twitter the following questions to find out what they think are the solutions to combat corruption.

  1. If you had the power of the government, what would you do against corruption?
  2. What is your anti-corruption strategy for Lebanon?
  3. which are your 3 solutions to fight corruption?
  4. How do you see Lebanon in 5 years from now on?
  5. Accordingly to your opinion, what do you think is the hardest thing to do in combating corruption?

The answers I received falls in to the 3 categories. There is 4th Category of ” No Hope at all” which I won’t discuss below as I am an optimist and believe we could do much better. Let’s explore the solutions from Lebanese people on Twitter.

1. Solutions to combat corruption – Accountability

Accountability works only when the citizen is empowered and aware of their rights and have full freedom to exercise them. There are NGO’s like LOGI and NAHNOO working in the field to bring accountability and transparency in to our systems.

Below are some Lebanese on Twitter who advocate more accountability –

2. Solutions to combat corruption – End Nepotism, Clientelism and Favouritism

These are cultural issues. Favouritism towards our kith and kin and tribe is as old a practise as civilisation itself. Today Populism in on the rise all over the world. Lebanon is a shining example of religious coexistence and every Lebanese should be proud of the same.

The Challenge is how do we as a culture maintain a balance between our innate sense of tribalism and an all-inclusive out look where we work for all sections of the Society?

Some Tweets on Nepotism

3. Solutions to combat corruption – End Religious Sectarianism in the Lebanese Political System

In 1943, an unwritten national pact established a compromise which attempted to offer satisfaction to the various communities within an Independent Lebanon. [1] Further, the Taif Agreement which marked the end of the 15-year-old civil war, altered the sectarian political structure of the country [2]

Lebanon has seen no internal instabilities, and this is one success of the Taif Agreement. But would Lebanon be able to survive without a political arrangement based on religious power sharing?

Below are a few tweets.

What is the most workable choice from the 3 solutions to combat corruption?

If I was a Project Manager in charge of combating corruption and put all the 3 solutions on a Value (X) Vs Effort (Y) axis. The low hanging fruit is bringing in more accountability, transparency in all the processes in the government.

If I was a Project Manager in charge of combating corruption and put all the 3 solutions on a Value (X) Vs Effort (Y) axis. The low hanging fruit is bringing in more accountability, transparency in all the processes in the… Click To Tweet

I appeal to the highly educated Lebanese youth to lead the way here and create a useful interface between the government and the common citizens.

Comment if you think, I missed any other major solutions? 

Citations

1. Crow, R. (1962). Religious Sectarianism in the Lebanese Political System. The Journal of Politics, 24(3), 489-520. Retrieved from JSTOR

2. The Rise of Corruption and Inequality in Neoliberal Postwar Lebanon

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