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Corruption in Africa

Transparency International indicates that corruption prevents improvement in the livelihoods of impoverished populations and hinders economic growth.4 It indicates that the common consequence of public sector corruption includes poorly equipped schools, counterfeit medicine and bought elections, leading to injustice and destroying public trust. The rampant degree of corruption in Africa is demonstrated by reviewing Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. Unfortunately, as will be shown, almost all countries in Africa are perceived to be at endemic corruption levels.

Transparency International Corruption Perception Index

Transparency International conducts an annual survey of experts to develop a Corruption Perception Index (CPI) score of public sector corruption for most countries around the world. Scores for each country range from 0 (most corrupt) to 100 (very clean). A score of 50 or lower indicates an endemic level of corruption. In the 2015 survey, 175 countries and territories were included, 53 of which were in Africa.5

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