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Overview of corruption and anti-corruption in Ghana

Ghana is considered to be one of the more stable countries in West Africa, since its transition to multi-party democracy in 1992. Corruption exists in all branches of Ghanaian government, and there is often a lack of accountability. The culprits often enjoy impunity. The judiciary and police are viewed as the most corrupt. However, the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor has instilled new hope in Ghana’s anti-corruption efforts.

10 September 2018
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Overview of corruption and anti-corruption in Ghana

Main points

  • Widespread corruption exists in Ghana. Sectors worst affected by corruption include natural resource management, the judiciary and police.
  • There is a need for an all-inclusive anti-corruption law.
  • Courts are commonly perceived to be vulnerable to corruption.
  • Prosecution of crime is often lengthy and people often turn to informal arbitrations.

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Rahman, K.; (2018) Overview of corruption and anti-corruption in Ghana. Bergen: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Helpdesk Answer 2018:21)

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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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