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According to Transparency International, 68 percent of the world's countries have a serious corruption problem, and no country is completely immune. Corruption is one facet of poor governance; indeed, it correlates with ineffective public administration, weak accountability, low transparency and inconsistent implementation of the rule of law. Nonetheless, the SDGs represent a departure from the previous development framework, the Millennium Development Goals, which contained no explicit targets relating to corruption.In an ongoing global opinion poll that has so far attracted 9.7 million responses, "an honest and responsive government" is the fourth most popular policy priority, with only education, health care, and better jobs being rated higher.The United Nation's 12 corruption and governance-related targets weren't among these phenomenal investments.Despite many years of effort, no simple path to achieving good governance or corruption-free institutions has been cleared. That may seem like a very unambitious target compared to eliminating all corruption or creating transparent institutions everywhere. But in many developing countries, achieving the measurable target of universal legal identity would make a very real difference.That is not to deny that corruption hits the world's poor hard.
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