Chapter . Transparent Government

Transparency is a word much bandied about these days. But what does it have to do with why developing nations are most plagued by disease, corruption, poverty, crime, and various other ills? Billions of dollars are poured into addressing these issues year after year in the developing world with little impact. How can a country break out of this unending vicious cycle when poor governmental practices are standard, when citizens do not trust their government, and corruption is accepted as a daily part of life? Most countries are unable to escape the evils of bad governance. However, one Indian state, Andhra Pradesh, is in the middle of a bold experiment to fundamentally change the way it governs its citizens, by ...

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