Electric power distribution is important for economic development and governance, but corruption frequently undermines it. Attempts to reduce corruption usually focus on extending electric power to people as well as on the corruption itself. In this case study we examine reasons why the Rural Electrification Board of Bangladesh has been able to maintain integrity in an environment where other power distribution networks have not. We specifically explore how the Board’s procedures and systems for securing collection and efficient distribution work and environmental factors that protect those procedures and systems from political interference that might otherwise undermine them.
This case study examines how public–private groups can use regulatory reform to reduce administrative corruption. USAID/BIZPRO’s regulatory reform work in 2002–2005 resulted in 431 regulatory changes and another 233 being prepared for enactment as of April 2005. Changes will affect licenses and registrations, tax assessment and payment, government procurement, and the rental of public property. Some of these changes have greatly reduced the cost of doing business. This study concentrates on four reforms in three cities.
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