Corruption impedes development

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Background: Corruption impedes development

Corruption is a global phenomenon yet the obstructive effect it has on development (and thus the direct link between poverty and corruption) is more than evident. In 2015, more than six billion people were living in countries facing serious corruption problems according to the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) compiled by non-governmental organisation Transparency International. The phenomenon can take various forms, including bribery, embezzlement, misappropriation, cronyism or nepotism. The consequences are catastrophic – in economic, political and social terms. more

International anti-corruption initiatives

Since the mid-1990s corruption has been recognised as a global problem and an obstacle to development. Since it has causes and effects which transcend national borders, international cooperation is called for if corruption is to be tackled effectively. more

Germany’s contribution to anti-corruption work

Preventing and tackling corruption is a core objective of German development policy. In pursuing it, the Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation (BMZ) takes a two-pronged approach. Dedicated programmes to promote good governance and anti-corruption measures are thus combined with anti-corruption elements in projects carried out in other areas of development. In all of these activities, there are always three stakeholder groups: government institutions, private business and civil society. more

Further information

A selection of links to documents and websites that provide further information on anti-corruption measures can be found here. more

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