Digital technologies offer hope in fight against corruption: World Bank chief

There should be a concerted effort when it comes to detecting and stamping out corruption, says Jim Yong Kim

Digital technologies offer a hope in the fight against corruption which is a problem in every single country of the world, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has said. The World Bank had instituted a very strict measure to follow every dollar that it lends to ensure that the dollars it provides are not used for other purposes, Kim said.

Digital technologies however, offer one hope in the fight against corruption. “The hope is that technology may be helpful in helping to reduce the amount of corruption that we see, especially in financial systems,” Kim said.

Citing the example of Alibaba in China, he said it was using innovation in an inclusive way. “Because they’re focused on small and medium enterprises. If we can make that happen in other parts of the world that’d be great. You know, lots of people know about the M-Pesa system in Kenya that has gotten, you know, over 90 per cent of people in Kenya doing transactions online,” he said.

“Unfortunately, corruption is a problem in every single country in the world, and I can tell you that we take a very strong stance against corruption,” Kim told reporters at a news conference here on the sidelines of the annual Spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. He said methods of detecting corruption had gotten better, but corruption still exists everywhere.

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