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Bangladesh: Overview of corruption and anti-corruption efforts

Bangladesh has faced a host of political challenges since independence in 1971. After the restoration of democracy in the 1990s, the reins of power have oscillated between Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina. The country is plagued with endemic corruption. While laws to address corruption exist, they are not implemented adequately, nor are relevant institutions effective.

14 February 2019
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Bangladesh: Overview of corruption and anti-corruption efforts

Main points

  • Widespread pervasive corruption leads to a culture of impunity.
  • There is a paradoxical state of affairs as high levels of corruption go hand in hand with decent levels of economic growth.
  • Grand and petty forms of corruption occur across various sectors: police, judiciary, healthcare and education.
  • Legislation needs proper implementation to counter corruption.

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Rahman, K.; (2019) Bangladesh: Overview of corruption and anti-corruption efforts. Bergen: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Helpdesk Answer 2019:6)

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About the author

Kaunain Rahman

Kaunain received her Master's in Corruption and Governance from The Centre for the Study of Corruption at the University of Sussex in the UK where her focus area of research was corruption in international business. She works as Research Coordinator at Transparency International (TI), and her main responsibilities lie with the Anti-Corruption Helpdesk.


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