Riz Khan talks to John Githongo, a former Kenyan anti-corruption czar who gained international attention for his work in exposing a billion-dollar scam that involved his country's senior ministers.
According to Githongo, today's abuses of power are not only making the rich richer - they are also keeping millions in poverty and preventing the growth of a middle class.
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With global implications that go beyond national borders, government corruption fuels economic and political instability, undermines basic human rights and leads to increased conflict.
On Wednesday's Riz Khan, we ask: What can be done to end corrupt practices around the world? And what are the real costs of a corrupt government?
Riz also speaks to Huguette Labelle, who heads the board of directors for Transparency International, a global civil service organisation that advocates for stronger anti-corruption measures.
This episode of Riz Khan aired from Wednesday, October 27, 2010.