Huffington Post, 12/31/2013
What do children in the final days before Christmas, boyfriends in the first few weeks of a relationship, and bureaucrats undergoing a critical audit have in common? The answer: They all feel the pressure of the watchful eye. In light of the recent Walmart corruption scandal, it is important to realize that developing countries can shield their bureaucracies from corruption’s reach. Monitoring by auditors, the press, or an active citizenry can keep governments honest, but only if those at the top of the political hierarchy demonstrate their political will to fight corruption by holding wrongdoers to account.