The curse of corruption in Africa

Across sub-Saharan Africa, many countries are making considerable progress towards the vision of a democratic, prosperous, and peaceful continent outlined in the African Union’s Agenda 2063. However, gains are threatened by high levels of corruption.

Alongside the problem of petty bribery, which is extensive in some parts of the region, the interrelated phenomena of fragility, crony capitalism, and poor governance have resulted in shocking forms of corruption, notably state capture.

Global governance indices suggest that the public sector in sub-Saharan Africa is the most corrupt of any region in the world. Many citizens believe that levels of corruption have increased in recent years and are not satisfied with their governments’ anti-corruption efforts. In the Global Corruption Perception Index majority of countries that perform poorly are from Africa.

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