NEWS

This section provides readers with the latest news regarding anti-corruption issues worldwide.

New Frontiers in Understanding and Addressing Corruption

When politicians steal public funds rather than spend public funds appropriately, schools go without books, patients go without medicine, and merchants go without bridges and roads. The African Union estimates that one-quarter of Africa’s Gross Domestic Product is lost every year due to corruption—dramatically increasing levels of poverty in an already poor region. In just the health sector, World Bank surveys show that in some countries up to 80 per cent of non-salary funds never reach local facilities. Then when crises like Ebola hit, there is little institutional capability to address it. Read the rest of the State Department’s Remarks during International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9).