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Adhering to high standards of transparency is often in conflict with the duty towards maintaining confidentiality.  With examples, Deliberate on the problems faced by public servants in effective discharge of duties during such situations.

Topic : Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.

6. Adhering to high standards of transparency is often in conflict with the duty towards maintaining confidentiality.  With examples, Deliberate on the problems faced by public servants in effective discharge of duties during such situations. (250 words)

Reference: oecd.org

Why the question:

The question is premised on the theme of managing Conflict of Interest in the Public Service with respect to adherence of transparency as one of the high standards.

Key Demand of the question: 

Explain in what way adhering to high standards of transparency is often in conflict with the duty towards maintaining confidentiality.

Directive:

Deliberate – Weigh up to what extent something is true. Persuade the reader of your argument by citing relevant research but also remember to point out any flaws and counter- arguments as well. Conclude by stating clearly how far you agree with the original proposition.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start by defining what transparency is and its importance.

Body:

Discuss how adhering to high standards of transparency is often in conflict with the duty towards maintaining confidentiality, one has to quote relevant examples from day to day life to substantiate this fact.

Explain how it often conflicts with confidentiality of the public servants.

Deliberate on the problems faced by public servants in effective discharge of duties during such situations.

Conclusion:

Conclude with suitable solutions.

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