Les Dobie said the world may never “beat the problem of corruption” and should think of the problem as an “infinite game” rather than a short-term fight that can be won. This should be the way the profession thinks about counter-corruption, he told CIPFA’s international conference in Abu Dhabi.
“You may defeat the current players, but new players will come in. No matter how many structures and controls we put in place, they will be defeated,” he said.
Dobie also said governments needed to create the conditions where people were not tempted to fall into corruption in the first place “and know they can live a good life without doing it”.
Dobie added that education and training plays a key role in getting ahead in the fight on corruption.
Most of the recent scandals, including the Paradise Papers, were brought into the spotlight through whistle blowers putting “vast amounts of data into the public