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“Prevention is better than cure”. How far does this apply to fight against corruption?

Topic: challenges of corruption.

7. “Prevention is better than cure”. How far does this apply to fight against corruption?(250 words)

Reference:  Ethics by Lexicon Publications

Why this question:

The question is based on the theme of corruption and the idea of “Prevention is better than cure” applied to it.

Key demand of the question:

Explain in what way “Prevention is better than cure” can work better in terms of fighting corruption.

Structure of the answer:


Briefly explain the issue around corruption in general and in particular in the country.


The common wisdom has it that “prevention is better than cure”. This is particularly true for the prevention of corruption, when public trust, the effectiveness of institutions, economic development and the security of the State are at stake. Even the most successful enforcement of criminal law happens after the crime has already been committed and the detrimental consequences of corruption have taken place. Discuss the preventive methods that can be adopted like Adopting effective and coordinated policies against corruption, Fair and transparent system of public procurement, Strengthening the integrity of the public sector, Strengthened transparency and public reporting etc.


conclude that strengthening the integrity of the judiciary and prosecution services, addressing corruption in the private sector and promoting participation of society are other important elements of the effective system for prevention of corruption.