Government Corruption


The World Bank Group considers corruption a major challenge to its twin goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity for the poorest 40 percent of people in developing countries. In addition, reducing corruption is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals and achieving the ambitious targets set for Financing for Development. It is a priority for the World Bank Group and many of its partners.

Businesses and individuals pay an estimated $1.5 trillion in bribes each year. This is about 2% of global GDP—and 10 times the value of overseas development assistance. The harm that corruption causes to development is, in fact, a multiple of the estimated volume, given the negative impact of corruption on the poor and on economic growth.

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The scale of corruption in Africa

IN AMERICA, a common complaint of civil-rights activists is that the police treat "driving while black" like a crime. In many countries in Africa, the same crime is simply "driving". The trouble is not discrimination, but rather that police officers stop motorists on flimsy pretexts in the hope of extracting bribes.

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Nigeria: Federal High Court Orders Probe of 'Demolition' of Properties Linked to Patience Jonathan in Abuja

Abuja - The Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday ordered investigation into the alleged demolition of an Abuja property linked to former First Lady, Patience Jonathan. Justice Nnamdi Dimgba gave the directive following complaints by counsel to Mrs. Jonathan, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) that properties belonging to a group - A.

Corruption in Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa is widely considered among the world's most corrupt places, a factor seen as contributing to the stunted development and impoverishment of many African states. Of the ten countries considered most corrupt in the world, six are in sub-Saharan Africa, according to Transparency International, a leading global watchdog on corruption.

CORRUPTION-AFRICA: A Crime Against Development

Active Citizens, Active Citizens, Africa, Civil Society, Development & Aid, Headlines, Human Rights Sholain Govender-Bateman - Corruption is preventing the world from reducing extreme poverty, from averting child deaths and even from fighting epidemics like HIV/AIDS. And it will have a devastating effect on the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals if not tackled directly by each national government.

Corruption in Africa violates human rights. Why do we tolerate it?

Corruption is the most neglected human rights violation of our time. It fuels injustice, inequality and depravation, and is a major catalyst for migration and terrorism. In Africa, the social and political consequences of corruption rob nations of resources and potential, and drive inequality, resentment and radicalisation.