How to expose the corrupt: Peter Eigen on TED.com

Posted by: Emily McManus

Some of the world’s most baffling social problems, says Peter Eigen, can be traced to systematic, pervasive government corruption, hand-in-glove with global companies. At TEDxBerlin, Eigen describes the thrilling counter-attack led by his organization Transparency International. (Recorded at TEDxBerlin, November 2009, Berlin. Duration: 16:12)

Watch Peter Eigen’s talk from TEDxBerlin on TED.com, where you can download this TEDTalk, rate it, comment on it and find other talks and performances from our archive of 600+ TEDTalks.

Comments (1)

  • Benoit Essiambre commented on Feb 8 2010

    I am completely convinced that corruption is the most important factor keeping nations poor. Helping countries establish industry and an economy doesn’t help its people if the industry is controlled by corrupted individuals. Financial aid does nothing to help when it ends up in the hands of a corrupted elite that has incentives to keep the rest of the population poor so that it can exploit them and control them. Countries will never get prosperity if the money and power is not directed to the smart and innovative but instead goes to the violent and dishonest. I would even say that sending aid to corrupted countries hurts the general population. Eliminating corruption’s influence should be the most important prime directive of foreign aid agencies. Once corruption goes away, I am convince the people of poor countries will rise and create a self sustaining economy.