Moderating the Effects of Corruption on Community Development through Transparent Governance : A Case Study of Nando and Aguleri Community in Anambra State Nigeria
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This study investigates public perception of corruption and its effects on the development of Nando and Aguleri community in Anambra East local government area of Anambra State Nigeria. The main aim has been to understand the local people’s perception on the effects of corruption on community development and whether transparent governance can moderate the identified effects. Purposive sampling was used to sample participants from five categories of group in the community over their experience to the research topic. I utilized qualitative research strategy, using mainly semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions and participant observations to collect data for the study and NVivo software was used for data analysis. Kpakpin corruption model, freedom of information theory and decentralisation constituted the theoretical background for the study. Findings show that the public perceived corruption as a serious problem which must be stopped. The perceived corrupt practices in the community include, mismanagement and embezzlement of public funds, illegal payment and bribes, underpayment of workers, non-transparent leadership and favouritism. These practices have hindered the development of the community with severe consequences which incudes, poor infrastructural development, lack of basic amenities, poverty and unemployment. However, results also revealed that perception of transparent governance and improvement of socio-economic factors could have a major impact to fortify anti-corruption practices. Good leadership, monitoring of community project funds, strengthening of anti-corrupt institutions and punishment for corrupt leaders among others were analysed to minimize corrupt practices and improve the socio-economic conditions of the community. Keywords: Corruption, Transparent governance and Community development.
Master's thesis Global development and planning UT505 - University of Agder 2018