A report by John O'Shea in today's Irish Sunday Independent quotes African Union figures that have Africa losing the equivalent of 25% of its GDP a year (around US$ 148 billion) to corruption. A UK-based businessman, Mo Ibrahim, is cited as believing that, without corruption, Africa would not need any foreign aid. Ibrahim is apparently offering $5 million in prize money to African leaders in return for keeping their hands out of the till and running fair elections. Does seeking to financially reward honesty and probity show a realistic approach to a big problem or just perpetuating it? Would any dictator with acquisitive motives just settle for 'honesty is the best policy' (and $5 million) only if they thought they couldn't rip off any more? Would this idea tackle or merely subsidise kleptocracy???