The Sri Lankan Health Crisis and the Middle Man
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In 2015, many people in southwest Sri Lanka were experiencing severe health problems as a result of poor water sanitation, decaying pumps and pipes, and the resultant unsanitary water. With Sri Lanka’s dubious credit record and extremely poor economy, the country's government was unsure of how to raise the US$70 million that was required to build new sanitation plants and replace many aging pipes throughout the region. Would it have to accept the first offer of support or would its long-time allies from other foreign governments come to the rescue? There was little doubt that Sri Lanka would be faced with a number of caveats and conditions as part of any agreement to secure the necessary funding. Furthermore, even if the country could find the funds, would the designated officials use them appropriately without falling prey to corruption? As in any developing country, there were many concerns that needed to be addressed, and very few resources with which to address them.
This case is ideal for use in courses on public administration, corruption, and crisis management at the undergraduate and graduate levels. After completing this case students will have learned the following:
- How to identify, analyze, and understand the difference between ethical corporate governance and corruption.
- How business is conducted in some poorer Asian countries.
- How to develop strategies to promote integrity and ethics in business.
- How important relationships and trust are in these environments.
- Identify ways to test the due diligence of people and companies, and the right questions to ask to uncover unethical practices.
Sri Lanka, Small, 2015
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